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John Oliver on Confusing 'Last Week Tonight' with Journalism: "The Correct Term for What We Do Is 'Comedy'"

"We are making jokes about the news and sometimes we need to research things deeply to understand them, but it’s always in service of a joke. If you make jokes about animals, that does not make you a zoologist. We certainly hold ourselves to a high standard and fact-check everything, but the correct term for what we do is 'comedy.'"

- John Oliver rejects the idea that Last Week Tonight is "engaging in a new kind of journalism" in a new interview with The New York Times.

'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.

'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."

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 Took Over 'The Daily Show' Again Last Night

Last night's Daily Show guests were all involved with Jon Stewart's new movie Rosewater, so to keep the interviews from getting weird (and so Stewart could run out for his interview over on Late Show), the always dependable replacement John Oliver was summoned through a magical teapot to take over hosting duties one more time. Watch Letterman's interview with Stewart below:

John Oliver, Kate McKinnon, and Nick Offerman Join Cookie Monster for a Fake News Show

In fake shows that should be real shows news, Mashable recently made the above episode of a fake kids news show called W-ORD Channel 7 News with John Oliver & Cookie Monster that's equally parts adorable and hilarious. Kate McKinnon makes a very excited cameo, and Nick Offerman (and the voice of Megan Mullally) delivers a flawless sports report in under 15 seconds. Click through for some outtakes with Oliver and Cookie Monster, who is surprisingly very professional.

John Oliver Reveals How Embarrassingly Bad the US Is at Storing Nuclear Weapons

While most Americans might worry about the possibility of getting annihilated by another country's nuclear warheads, last night's Last Week Tonight proved that what we should worry about most are our own nuclear weapons, which it turns out aren't stored with the level of security and up-to-date technology you might think. If that scares you, just wait until Oliver breaks down some of the men in charge of these weapons and America's many "Almostgeddons"– it only gets worse.

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.

John Oliver Has a Word for Pumpkin Spice Lovers

Before you head to your local Starbucks to buy a pumpkin spice latte, watch this clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in which Oliver breaks down Americans' love for the artificial seasonal flavor and the drink he calls "eggnog for morning people."

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."

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.