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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 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.

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 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.

Talking 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' with Showrunner Tim Carvell

In December it was announced that longtime Daily Show head writer Tim Carvell was leaving to serve as showrunner and executive producer of John Oliver's new HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. After years of writing for publications like Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, and McSweeney's, Carvell joined The Daily Show in 2004 and was promoted to head writer in 2011. Ahead of Last Week Tonight's premiere on HBO this Sunday, I recently talked with Carvell about why he left The Daily Show, what he thinks Comedy Central will do with Colbert's time slot next year, and why we should trust a Brit like John Oliver to tell [...]

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 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 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.

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 and Matt Lauer Talk 'Last Week Tonight'

Here's a Today Show clip where John Oliver — whose HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver premieres this Sunday — talks with Matt Lauer about the new show, what it's like seeing his face blown up on NYC billboards, and whether or not he'll drop his friendly British Daily Show persona for the new talk show.

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 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.

Watch the First Episode of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

John Oliver's Last Week Tonight premiered last night on HBO, and while the network hasn't uploaded the episode in full like they have with the premieres of Girls and Veep, there are still a couple clips available for non-HBOers. Watch Oliver joke about Obama and robots above, then click through to watch his interview with former NSA head General Keith Alexander, explore the NFL as the "Workplace of the Week," and call out Oregon's crappy healthcare website with the help of Lisa Loeb.

UPDATE: HBO has now uploaded the full episode to their YouTube channel, which you can check out by clicking here.