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'Last Week Tonight' Covers America's Mysterious Drone Program

Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down American drone strikes, the US's definition of an "imminent threat," the way the CIA counts civilian casualties, and US officials' ultimate lack of knowledge about who or how many innocent people they've killed through the drone program. If you like to start your week off with a dose of terrifying reality, this clip will definitely do the trick.

Here's a Sneak Peek of Jerrod Carmichael's HBO Standup Special

Jerrod Carmichael's very first (and Spike Lee-directed) standup special Love at The Store premieres on HBO on October 4th, and today the pay-network released the first full promo for it featuring a more inside look at Carmichael's material and influences.

HBO Has Ordered a Show from the Flight of the Conchords Guys

It's been nearly seven years since Flight of the Conchords left television, but according to Jemaine Clement, the musical comedy duo's break might be nearing its end. The Guardian recently interviewed Clement about his new vampire film What We Do in the Shadows, and when asked about any future plans with his Conchords partner Bret McKenzie he had this to say:

Are the Conchords, dormant at the moment, waiting to erupt again? “We talk about a movie every so often,” says Clement. “Sometimes it feels like we lost a lot of impetus over the last couple of years. But Bret, James [Bobin, lead director] and me, we [...]

Lena Dunham and Her Stunt Double Star in This Season 4 'Girls' Teaser

The fourth season of Girls has gone into production, and HBO released the above teaser today that shows Lena Dunham — or someone who looks like Lena Dunham — falling off her bike at the University of Iowa — or a campus that looks like the University of Iowa, considering the real college turned down Girls' request to film the new season there.

'The Atlantic' Says 'Last Week Tonight' Is "Making a Difference in the Real World"

"This is the magic of John Oliver. It's been only 14 episodes so far (the show is slated for 19 this season) but the Last Week Tonight team has found a way to take a seemingly complicated issue, remove the talking points and cultural baggage surrounding it, break it into understandable parts—and then slowly rebuild it. It's an ingenious formula that's making a difference in the real world."

- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is showered with more well-deserved praise in a new Atlantic piece called "How John Oliver Beats Apathy."

Jerrod Carmichael Promotes His HBO Special by Sponsoring a Pee-Wee Football Team

With the premiere of his HBO standup special Love at The Store just around the corner, Jerrod Carmichael decided to channel his influence and promotional needs by reaching out to today's youth to make a difference by sponsoring a pee-wee football team, as long as the name "CARMICHAEL" can be clearly read on their uniforms.

John Oliver Begs Scotland to Stay in the UK on 'Last Week Tonight'

This Thursday Scotland will be voting on a referendum to secede from the UK, and on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver broke down both sides of the debate in a segment that's full of references to haggis, Nessie, bagpipe music, and a special visit at the end from Scotland's national animal.

John Oliver Responds to Some 'Last Week Tonight' Fan Mail

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver returns to TV this Sunday, September 7th, but in the meantime, Oliver decided to respond to some "fan mail" left in the comments of the show's YouTube page. The result is an enlightening look at what fans think of Oliver's head shape as well as Last Week Tonight's stance on cherry soda and other "brillent" work this year.

Jerrod Carmichael's HBO Special 'Love at The Store' Premieres on October 4th

Back in April it was announced that Jerrod Carmichael was getting his very first standup special on HBO directed by Spike Lee, and today the network dropped the first teaser and October 4 premiere date for it, called Love at The Store. In addition to the HBO special, Carmichael is also working on a second pilot for NBC on a "quick turnaround," so you can expect to see Carmichael all over your TV screen in the near future.

Learn About Payday Loans with John Oliver and Sarah Silverman

Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the corrupt payday loan industry — or as he describes it, the "recycling symbol of human misery" — with a little help from Sarah Silverman in the form of a counter campaign ad.

John Oliver Hosts a Beauty Pageant with Kathy Griffin on 'Last Week Tonight'

Here's a clip from last night's episode of Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the Miss America Pageant — or as they prefer to be known, "the world's largest provider of scholarships for women." Oliver decided to investigate the pageant's claims of providing $45 million in scholarship money each year then decided to host his very own beauty pageant with a little help from Kathy Griffin.

John Oliver Breaks Down America's Problem with Student Debt and For-Profit Schools

If you're a college freshman this fall, John Oliver has a useful motivational message just for you at the end of the above Last Week Tonight segment on student debt and the many sleazy for-profit colleges in the US. If you're no longer a college freshman, many of the facts in the segment — for-profit schools using "pain points," taking advantage of wounded veterans, and using the trade group APSCU to lobby for the most student loans possible — might not be as important to you as your own mountain of student debt you'll be paying off for the rest of your life.

Watch John Oliver's Epic Takedown and Evisceration of a Piñata

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has covered a ton of heated issues during its run on HBO so far, but in this video Oliver takes on the most important issue of all — the inaccurate headlines of Last Week Tonight-related coverage on The Huffington Post and beyond that use fancy words like "demolish" and "eviscerate" — which is exactly what Oliver did to one piñata that's gotten away with its lies for too long.

John Oliver Covers the Militarization of Ferguson Police and Beyond

Considering both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were off the air last week, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight segment on the tragic shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson cops — as well as the ridiculous level of American police militarization in Ferguson and beyond — was a much needed dose of sane coverage last night: "The point is, if you are a cop in the United States, you should dress for the job you have, not the job you want."