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Last Week Tonight

Apparently they did a lot of research and consultation with Rolling Jubilee (remember them?) and then ultimately pulled away and cut any mention of them due to their origins with Occupy Wall Street.



http://blog.debtcollective.org/whos-afra...esistance/

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huh, that's odd...



Would their connection to Occupy Wall Street really have hurt the messaging of the episode that much?

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John Oliver just became a zillionaire!



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Was really into this show up until recently.  While i love the comedy towards Trump, he has been completely quiet on Hillary.


After the comments Obama made supporting Hillary which were comical and then her getting off after Bills visit with the AG, he made no jokes.



I am in no way a Trump supporter, but its completely obvious he and his writing team are pro Hillary?  I like political satire that goes both ways.

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Oh, come the fuck on.



It's not a political show.  It's not the Daily Show.  He has only brought up Trump in the context of "we can't ignore this absurdity no matter how hard we try."  This is the AllLivesMatter argument all over again.  You're taking what they're not saying and haven't said to be what they are saying by omission, and that's not how this shit works.



"Well they brought up Trump but not Hillary so that means they're Hillary loving libtards!!!"



This argument is such nonsense.

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C'mon John, everyone knows the child molesting pokemon isn't Gengar...it's Mr. Mime.



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Originally Posted by jstraw80 View Post
 

I like political satire that goes both ways.


Sorry, I just like funny.

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I've used this week's opening joke about how Donald Trump normally terrifies an immigrant three times this week and it's got a solid chuckle every time!

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This'll surprise nobody who saw this week's instalment in which Bob Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corp, sent John Oliver a cease-and-desist order which was ignored:



Yup, Murray is suing Oliver and the show now.

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Oliver's response to that is so damn perfect.



Fuck that remorseless fat fucker.

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Plenty of ammo for Oliver recently, and last night did not disappoint.





The stuff on Infowars was great too.

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AHis shredding of Alex Jones was excellent.
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How he played his attack on Alex Jones was smart, I thought.  It's one thing to simply show him screaming in small snippets...It's another thing to show everything contextualized, especially when you factor in his product shilling.



I'm curious: one of the things that Jones said is that LWT is 'dropping in the ratings' or words to that effect.  Is this true?  How is LWT doing?

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Yeah, the Alex Jones segment was wonderful, especially the take-down of his "medical advisor".

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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 

Yeah, the Alex Jones segment was wonderful, especially the take-down of his "medical advisor".



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It's like Oliver was reading our Trumpocalypse thread.

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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
 

I'm curious: one of the things that Jones said is that LWT is 'dropping in the ratings' or words to that effect.  Is this true?  How is LWT doing?



Wikipedia's figures (taken from TV By The Numbers) suggest that, on average, it's doing better than ever this season.

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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post


I'm curious: one of the things that Jones said is that LWT is 'dropping in the ratings' or words to that effect.  Is this true?  How is LWT doing?


I'm sure in the same way that the New York Times is "failing".

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Always good to see Weird Al.

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The condemnation of Trump in regards to his Charlottesville response was pretty great, and the North Korea segment was an eye-opener in places. I shouldn't be surprised that their maths classes have kids counting "American bastards" but somehow I still was.

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Freeman! What is your country's leader up to?



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This show isn't doing it for me, starting with last season and now these first two eps.  I get it, Trump sucks and its his fault for everything.  What worked for this show in the past was all the off-political topics.  Now he's doing the same thing Kimmel and Colbert are doing, except using curse words.  It would be a breath of fresh air to address non-Trump topics, trust me they are out there.

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The majority of his stuff is non-Trump. What show are you watching?

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I generally like the show and it's host, but shouting something twice and slamming your palms on the desktop is not comedy. I do enjoy the 'And Now This' segments, and moments like this-


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Originally Posted by jstraw80 View Post
 

This show isn't doing it for me, starting with last season and now these first two eps.  I get it, Trump sucks and its his fault for everything.  What worked for this show in the past was all the off-political topics.  Now he's doing the same thing Kimmel and Colbert are doing, except using curse words.  It would be a breath of fresh air to address non-Trump topics, trust me they are out there.


Yeah, I agree with Jacob. Trump comes up a lot, sure -- he even grumbles about how often he comes up at the top of every episode, but a large chunk of the main stories are not Trump-related.

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Originally Posted by stevehauk View Post
 

I generally like the show and it's host, but shouting something twice and slamming your palms on the desktop is not comedy.



He's been leaning a little too heavily into the cursing, too, which lessens its minimal remaining impact. I think he's "Americanizing" too much.



I still love him.

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Two episodes in, the first one, 20 mins out of 29 were about Trump.



Second episode, Trump was a quarter of it.



Seems to me like that is a lot of Trump.

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ATo be fair the 1st episode was his first one back since November or some such, so going Trump heavy was expected. The 2nd one seemed pretty balanced to me.

If I have any problem with the show it’s the length of the breaks he takes. For a weekly show you’d think the hiatus’s would be shorter.
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Originally Posted by jstraw80 View Post
 

Two episodes in, the first one, 20 mins out of 29 were about Trump.



Second episode, Trump was a quarter of it.



Seems to me like that is a lot of Trump.


Is your problem the last year+ or the last two episodes? Besides, using your information, 33% of the first episode wasn't about Trump, and 75% of the second one wasn't about Trump. That's a lot of non-Trump content for taking a three month hiatus.

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I don't blame the first episode for being so Trump-centric considering the long hiatus.  There was a lot of catching up to do.



Still, the show kinda feels repetitive now.  Regardless of the main story, the formula is set for the show and it's all starting to feel pretty routine.  He has his stock sayings, his stock movements, and hit stock characters to lean on (the Catheter Cowboy, for instance).  There's some good journalistic information to be gleaned but the product itself is becoming rather stale.

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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
 

Still, the show kinda feels repetitive now.  Regardless of the main story, the formula is set for the show and it's all starting to feel pretty routine.  He has his stock sayings, his stock movements, and hit stock characters to lean on (the Catheter Cowboy, for instance).  There's some good journalistic information to be gleaned but the product itself is becoming rather stale.



Maybe why the extended hiatus. His main stories take a lot of research and interviews and it's possible he's starting to run dry of ideas, or as he researches certain ideas they don't start to fit the narrative.

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Like any host, he has mannerisms and rhythms that can become grating through familiarity.  But I will say, the trolling of the coal company over the lawsuit was delicious.  And I still laugh every time he returns from a clip of some unctuous douchebaggery with a deadpan "Cool."

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I don't blame him for having Trump content. Trump is the most pressing issue for most Americans. It's difficult to focus on anything else.

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A[quote name="Deanburger" url="/community/t/150616/last-week-tonight/100_100#post_4484297"]I don't blame him for having Trump content. Trump is the most pressing issue for most Americans. It's difficult to focus on anything else. 
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I agree, but with the caveat that I think he’s at his best when he’s addressing other, less ‘sexy’ topics. I find he has a great way of using humor to make stuff like net neutrality, prison abuse, payday loans, for profit education, coal, etc. more interesting and accessible than they usually are.
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John Oliver's children's book in which Mike Pence's pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, meets another boy rabbit and falls in love, is currently #1 on Amazon, outselling Pence's own children's book about his pet rabbit!

"If I can shoot rabbits, then I can shoot fascists" -  The Manic Street Preachers

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