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Thailand's Military Government Is Not a Fan of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

Thailand's military government apparently caught wind of a segment Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did on their Crown Prince last month, and they're not taking his satire lightly. VICE News recently got ahold of a "highly confidential" official document from Thailand's National Council of Peace and Order responding to, among other things, Oliver's June 22 segment on Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in which he mocked the coup leader and his ridiculous "happiness campaign" and called him "buffoonish" and "an idiot." From the document, which focuses on Oliver and other "overseas activities that the junta regards as 'undermining the royal institution'":

Mr. John William Oliver, a comedy actor [...]

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.

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.

John Oliver Reacts to Accusations of Crashing the FCC Website

On his new show Last Week Tonight this week, John Oliver encouraged fans to head to the FCC website to complain about cable companies campaigning to end net neutrality and the FCC site subsequently crashed. Here's Oliver on Charlie Rose yesterday responding to allegations that he caused the crash. "We didn’t crash their website, Charlie — that’s a huge accusation," said Oliver. "We merely pointed people to their website and told them why they should be angry about it, and they went in droves."

John Oliver Nails GM with Fake Ad

Here's a clip from the latest episode of John Oliver's new HBO late night series Last Week Tonight, in which Oliver discusses a super absurd leaked General Motors public relations memo and annihilates the company with a fake ad.

Listen to John Oliver and Howard Stern Have a Chat

Here's Howard Stern's interview with John Oliver from earlier today in its entirety, in which the duo discuss Oliver's difficult early days in show business, Ricky Gervais recommending him to The Daily Show, turning down a full-time job on Community to stay on Daily Show, and Last Week Tonight in depth.

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John Oliver Attempts to Distinguish Real from Fake Soccer Player Names

GQ recently sat down with John Oliver and presented him with a list of ridiculous World Cup player names to see whether he could pick out the fake ones from the real ones, and he does a pretty good job considering Johnny Mustache and Bongo Christ are real people.

John Oliver and Seth Meyers Chat About Their New Jobs on 'Late Night'

Here's a clip from John Oliver's visit to the Late Night desk last night, where he and Meyers talked about swapping their daily/weekly-style jobs, why Last Week Tonight is "the chewing gum of television," and the time his Net Neutrality segment may have crashed the FCC's website.

John Oliver's Net Neutrality Segment Crashed the FCC's Comments System

On Sunday's episode of his new show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver called for creepy internet commenters to complain directly to the FCC about how cable companies are trying to end net neutrality (or as he says it should be called, "preventing cable company fuckery"). Oliver informed viewers that the FCC is actually accepting internet comments at fcc.gov/comments for the next 120 days.

Here's Oliver's passionate call to arms for internet commenters:

I can't believe I'm about to do this, but I would like to address internet commenters out there directly. [deep breath] Good evening, monsters. This may be the moment you’ve spent your whole lives training for … [...]

Inside John Oliver's Other Weekly Satirical News Show, 'The Bugle'

John Oliver's new late night show, Last Week Tonight, premiered yesterday on HBO. It’s obviously a big step for the British expat, formerly of The Daily Show, but in practice, it might not be as big of a challenge for Oliver than you might think. That’s because, on top of being a correspondent for The Daily Show, he’s already been doing a weekly satirical news roundup for nearly seven years now on his podcast, The Bugle.

The Bugle is one of the longest-running and most consistently hilarious podcasts on the internet. Launched in 2007 under the auspices of Rupert Murdoch’s London newspaper The Times, it’s a delightfully cheery review of the [...]

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 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.

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 [...]

John Oliver Attempts to Predict the Memorial Day Weekend News

Here's a clip John Oliver and his Last Week Tonight crew put together last week in an attempt to predict the news that would break during their week off the air. There are a few shots in the dark, a few semi-accurate guesses, and one slam dunk if you have an aunt who hosts painfully boring Memorial Day parties.