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'Last Week Tonight' Calls for an End to Turkey Pardoning

HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is on hiatus until February, but that didn't stop Oliver and crew from uploading the above Thanksgiving-themed web exclusive all about America's strange tradition of presidential turkey pardoning: "Let's be honest here: Every single turkey is guilty. Specifically, guilty of having delicious bird parts that should be serving time in the prison of my mouth."

'Last Week Tonight' Made a Realistic Home Depot Commercial Starring Nick Offerman, H. Jon Benjamin, and Sarah Baker

Lowe's recently announced that they'll be testing out robot sales assistants in their stores this holiday season, so to help Home Depot deal with the competition, Last Week Tonight put together the above commercial starring who else but Nick Offerman as a helpful Home Depot employee, with Sarah Baker and H. Jon Benjamin playing the couple whose constant bickering in the store is alleviated thanks to Offerman's personal skills as a human employee.

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 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 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.

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.

John Oliver Proposes a New Way to Measure Sugar in Food on 'Last Week Tonight'

In honor of Halloween, last night on Last Week Tonight John Oliver devoted over 10 minutes to exploring the deceiving world of the sugar industry and the fact that every American eats "Michael Cera's weight in sugar every year." The FDA is currently trying to get an "Added Sugars" category added to food products' nutritional labels, but Oliver has a much better idea in mind that'll make it easier for consumers to understand.

'Last Week Tonight' Explains Why Police Can Seize Your Stuff Through Civil Forfeiture

If you're considering taking a drive with a bunch of cash in your car soon, you might want to check out the above clip from Last Week Tonight all about civil asset forfeiture, a policy cops use to get away with taking citizens' property and money — or as they call it, a way to buy "toys" like kegs of beer and margarita machines with "pennies from heaven." At the end of the clip, John Oliver even imagines a hit new cop drama called Law & Order: Civil Asset Forfeiture Unit featuring a couch that gets arrested, a house that gets frisked, and a cameo by the one and only [...]

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.

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.

Jon Stewart, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, and More Get a Salmon to the Face on 'Last Week Tonight'

Here's a clip from last night's season 1 Last Week Tonight finale, in which John Oliver and crew make their very own "salmon cannon" — only instead of shooting salmon upstream so they can spawn, Oliver shoots them at just about every television personality he knows, from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to Jimmy Fallon, Anderson Cooper, Homer Simpson, Tom Hanks, and more.

'Last Week Tonight' Created an All-Animal Supreme Court Reenactment Tool Kit

During last night's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver and crew created a solution for the longstanding rule against cameras in the Supreme Court by making an impressive 10-minute clip of an all-animal Court without audio. Check out the full clip below, then sync it up with your favorite Supreme Court case audio here.

'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.

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.