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John Oliver Auditions for the '50 Shades of Grey' Sequel

Ahead of the season 2 Last Week Tonight premiere on February 8th, here's a brand new web exclusive featuring John Oliver giving a "condescending half-hearted apology" for his recent #NotMyChristian Twitter campaign after it was announced that Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Despite the fact that the movie has already been filmed and Oliver has never read the book, he records an on-the-spot audition to prove that he's the "epitome of male beauty" and deserves the lead role in the inevitable sequel.

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.

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.

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 [...]

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' Returns February 8th

The wait for more John Oliver is almost over, and HBO released a brand new Last Week Tonight promo today in which Oliver promises an all-new show that's exactly the same as it was before. Hopefully he at least reconsiders the crime-solving pony idea.

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.

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.

(via Uproxx)

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."

'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 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.

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.