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John Oliver Highlights the Depressing Reality of Farming Chickens

On last night's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took aim at the situation that modern chicken farms find themselves in which — surprise! — is a pretty unpleasant one. But at least it's an unpleasant story told with an abundance of jangly acoustic guitar music, which helps.

Martin Sheen and 'Last Week Tonight' Make the Perfect Doomsday Video

Earlier this year, CNN's top secret doomsday video leaked online, but Last Week Tonight decided it was a little too depressing and in need of a more celebratory update. So with a little help from Martin Sheen, the show put together a doomsday video full of some of humanity's greatest accomplishments and an ending that's much more upbeat; it's a goodbye video we can all take pride in during our final few minutes on Earth.

John Oliver Travels to Russia to Talk Dick Pics with Edward Snowden

John Oliver took a closer look at the Patriot Act and government surveillance during last night's Last Week Tonight, but to better understand the capabilities of some US surveillance programs he endured the ten-hour flight to talk with the ultimate expert on the subject, Edward Snowden. To make the conversation easier to understand, Oliver asks Snowden about the NSA using the one privacy-related topic that all Americans care about: Dick pics.

'Last Week Tonight' Explores the "Hamster Wheel of Hell" of Municipal Violations

Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the many problems surrounding municipal violation fines and why getting a ticket for a misdemeanor can potentially ruin the lives of those who can't afford to pay them up front.

The Satire We Need Right Now Is All The Satire That's On Right Now

Last fall, I was watching a new episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver with a few friends, the one featuring an exposé on civil forfeitures. Toward the end, one of my friends blurted out that he thought he got more out of Last Week Tonight than he ever got out of The Daily Show. Another friend agreed, but I wasn’t so sure. I mean, it’s a tough claim to make, especially if you’ve been watching The Daily Show for most of its run, like I have. How can you compare something that’s aired thousands of episodes, all of those revelatory segments that could feel like small revolutions were [...]

'Last Week Tonight' Explains Why Working Mothers Have It the Worst

To celebrate Mother's Day, last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the many American companies and lawmakers who claim to love and support mothers but don't support paid maternity leave in the US, which is one of only two countries in the world to not provide paid time off for new mothers. "You can't go on and on about how much you love mothers," John Oliver says, "and then fail to support legislation that makes life easier for them." After playing a bunch of mushy Mother's Day ads, Oliver debuted a brand new ad made by Last Week Tonight that celebrates mothers without confusing them into thinking [...]

John Oliver and Michael Bolton Stick Up for the IRS Through the Power of Song

In anticipation of Tax Day this Wednesday, last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the the one government agency everyone loves to hate: the IRS. It's been an uphill battle for IRS employees (or as John Oliver calls them, "the physical equivalent of Ambien") for the last several years between dramatic budget cuts and losing over 13,000 employees since 2010, and Oliver thinks it's time to give them a break: "We don't need to love the IRS or even like them, but after decades of us calling them Nazis and sending them mustard, I think they may deserve at least a few minutes of at least grudging [...]

Take 'Last Week Tonight's April Fools' Day No-Prank Pledge

Last Week Tonight was off last week, but John Oliver and crew uploaded a web exclusive last night to bring attention to a very important issue: April Fools' Day is the worst. Or as Oliver puts it, "April Fools' Day is to comedy as St. Patrick's Day is to Irish culture." If you agree, you can show your support by taking Last Week Tonight's No-Prank Pledge.

'Last Week Tonight' Wonders Why Daylight Saving Time Is Still a Thing

Feeling extra tired this morning? Here's a clip from last night's Last Week Tonight about the pointlessness of Daylight Saving Time, which has nothing to do with farming and is actually hurting us more than it's helping us.

'Last Week Tonight' Takes on the Pharmaceutical Marketing Industry

Last Week Tonight finally returned for its second season on HBO last night, and John Oliver got right to work by covering the many shady ways pharmaceutical companies market to doctors, from free lunches and trips to Hooters to hiring doctors as paid spokespeople called "thought leaders." Or as Oliver puts it: "Drug companies are a bit like high school boyfriends: They're much more concerned with getting inside you than being effective once they're in there." Last Week Tonight even shares its very own pharmaceutical ad at the end featuring Brian Huskey as a well-paid "thought leader" in action.

'Last Week Tonight' Breaks Down the Fashion Industry's Dark Secrets

Last night's Last Week Tonight took a look at some of the most popular cheap clothing companies in the US, examining how companies like H&M, Walmart, and Joe Fresh manage to rack up piles of money every year with their dirt cheap (and quality) clothing and how The Gap has continued to thrive despite its long history of sweatshop labor. Oliver and crew decided that the only way to show clothing brands that we care about unfair labor practices would be to deliver the message in a language they can understand: the Spring Collection of Your Lunch Tomorrow.

Edward Snowden Teaches John Oliver About Password Security on 'Last Week Tonight'

If you haven't watched John Oliver's in-depth dick pic-themed chat with Edward Snowden, do yourself a favor and go watch it immediately. If you've already seen it, Last Week Tonight uploaded a bonus clip today in which Oliver consults with Snowden about password security. On the spot, Snowden comes up with a password suggestion that's 110% secure, disturbing, and hilarious all at the same time.

Inside the Secret Technology that Makes 'The Daily Show' and 'Last Week Tonight' Work

When you’re watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you often see these comedians contextualize their commentary with short, specific news clips, like John Oliver’s use of a 5-second clip from a Bloomberg TV news show — just long enough to catch a newscaster saying “March Madness now brings in over a billion dollars in TV ad revenue” — in his recent NCAA segment.

Have you ever wondered where these clips come from? Does one Last Week Tonight employee watch hours of TV in the hopes that someone will drop a reference to the annual March [...]

'Last Week Tonight' Makes America's Crumbling Infrastructure Sexy Again

Last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the crumbling infrastructure in the United States, from the thousands of uninspected dams across the country to bridges in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York that could realistically collapse at any minute: "When we're at a point where the Secretary of Transportation is struggling to decide between using the word 'unsafe' and the word 'dangerous,' we might have a problem worth fixing." Since no taxpayers or politicians seem interested in the very unglamorous job of routine road maintenance, Last Week Tonight enlisted the help of stars like Edward Norton, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Steve Buscemi to film an intense thriller called Infrastructure [...]