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John Oliver and Some Puppets Break Down America's Prison Problem

Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the many problems behind America's broken prison system and takes a page out of the Sesame Street playbook by singing a catchy prison-themed tune with a group of puppets.

John Oliver Recaps Every 4th of July Fireworks Display That Happened Last Week

Last Week Tonight was off the air last night due to the holiday, but that didn't stop John Oliver from releasing a comprehensive guide to every American's 4th of July fireworks ritual in this special online clip.

John Oliver Breaks Down the Dark Side of Dietary Supplements with Steve Buscemi, George R.R. Martin, and More

Dr. Oz recently got in some trouble for hawking some very questionably safe dietary and nutritional supplements on his medical talk show, so John Oliver took a note from Oz's history of pandering to his viewers with shaky medical information by doing some audience pandering of his own with the help of a very cute puppy, plot-teasing George R.R. Martin, tap-dancing Steve Buscemi, and more.

John Oliver and Stephen Hawking Talk Artificial Intelligence, Parallel Universes, and Dates with Charlize Theron

Last Week Tonight premiered its new segment "People Who Think Good" last night featuring renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, and he explained his takes on everything from whether there's life on other planets to the potential dangers of artificial intelligence to whether or not John Oliver is funny in parallel universes.

John Oliver Breaks Down the Evil Underbelly of FIFA

In a glowing example of The Sausage Principle, John Oliver skewered FIFA and their history of greedy and "cartoonishly evil" practices against countries that host the World Cup in Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight — more specifically their decision to change some laws around and build an unneeded $270 stadium-turned-giant bird toilet in this year's host country Brazil.

John Oliver Breaks Down America's Income Inequality Problem

From Last Week Tonight, here's a clip of John Oliver breaking down everything that's wrong with income inequality in the US, from the stigma behind the term "class warfare" to the wealth gap to the estate tax to America's obsession with being cut down to size by British talent show judges. Oliver ends the segment by playing two fun games of "America Ball" — one for the top 1% and another for the rest of us.

John Oliver Talks Uganda's Harsh Anti-Gay Laws with LGBT Activist Pepe Julian Onziema

Here's a segment from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver explores the recent rise of persecution against homosexuals in Uganda and how the country's extreme homophobic attitude can be easily traced to a few idiots back here in the states. Be sure to watch the end of the clip, in which Oliver interviews Ugandan LGBT activist Pepe Julian Onziema about working for equality where homosexuality is illegal and why the harsh laws would've never been enacted without interference from the US. Click through for Oliver's extended interview with Onziema.

Diving Deep Into the Legendary 'Mr. Show' Season 3 Writing Staff

Writing Staff Breakdown is a new Splitsider column that takes a writing staff from a beloved TV comedy, examines their individual contributions to the show and collaborations between the writers before and after. This week, we're looking at the writers for the third season of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross's Mr. Show.

"Mr. Show was certainly from a writers perspective, the best show to work for on TV. Which is to say, you have the most freedom." – Bob Odenkirk, in the book Mr. Show What Happened?!

One of the most influential and revered sketch shows ever on television, Mr. Show amassed a devoted following amongst comedy fans and [...]

Stephen Hawking Will Be a Guest on Sunday's 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

Physicist Stephen Hawking is set to be the guest on this Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Hawking will be interviewed by Oliver in what will be the show's seventh episode.

Last Week Tonight only premiered a couple months back, but the show has already found its footing, drawing critical raves and millions of views for extended clips of the show uploaded to YouTube. Hawking joins an eclectic list of guests the show has had, including former NSA director Keith B. Alexander, journalist Fareed Zakaria, and pop duo Right Said Fred of "I'm Too Sexy" fame.

'Veep' Season 3 Carves Out New Territory Along the Campaign Trail

Seasons one and two of Armando Iannucci’s political satire Veep depicted the vice presidency as whimsically inconsequential: a politician and her extremely driven staff stuck wasting their intelligence and penchant for insults on carefully-calculated interactions with the press and “normals” while the actually important POTUS eluded all his underling’s phone calls. A change seemed imminent, though, at the end of season two when the president announced he would not be running for re-election. This news set the stage for an excellent third season in which VP Selina Meyer and her cohorts left the comfort of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, home for the past two years to some [...]

HBO Is Waiting Patiently for Larry David to Bring Back 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

Curb Your Enthusiasm might come back to HBO, but not until at least next year. According to a Vulture, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told reporters yesterday that he had recently run into Larry David and asked about a possible Curb return. Though David said he had no plans to bring it back this year, after Lombardo asked him "So David, should I emotionally get Curb out of my head?" he responded with "No, no, no, no, no." There aren't any more specifics about Curb's future on the pay network yet, but Lombardo told reporters yesterday that "as long as he's thinking about it, we still have a [...]

Paul Scheer Has Put 'NTSF' on Hiatus; Is Developing New Shows at Adult Swim, HBO

Paul Scheer did an interview with Yahoo out today, in which he gave updates on his various TV projects. First, he's decided to put his Adult Swim crime procedural comedy NTSF:SD:SUV, which wrapped its third season in December, on hiatus indefinitely. Scheer said:

We took a break on NTSF this season… I felt like it was a good run. It was super fun: We did 38 episodes and we finished up in London, and I was super psyched about that. And now I wanted to try something different … We may revisit NTSF, but right now it's just kind of… it's not over, but I have no plans to [...]

Mike Judge Says 'Office Space' Made TGI Fridays Get Rid of Their "Flair"

"About four years after Office Space came out, TGI Fridays got rid of all that (button) flair, because people would come in and make cracks about it. One of my ADs asked once at the restaurant why their flair was missing and they said they removed it because of that movie Office Space. So, maybe I made the world a better place."

- Mike Judge in an interview with Deadline, in which he talks about the cult success of Office Space, when King of the Hill won an Emmy, and working for HBO with Silicon Valley.

HBO Is Being Good About Putting 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' Online, and Hopefully It'll Stay That Way

It's only been six weeks since the premiere of John Oliver's satirical HBO late night show Last Week Tonight, but so far, HBO has been acting out of character by regularly posting large chunks of the show on YouTube so that non-subscribers to check out the new series. HBO explained this uncharacteristic move to Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall in a statement:

There is no cookie-cutter approach to promoting a new show; every program demands its own strategy. We are always looking for interesting ways for viewers to sample our programming and  with the topicality and timeliness of Last Week Tonight we feel putting select clips on YouTube is an effective and [...]