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'Last Week Tonight' Takes On Hollywood Whitewashing

2/23/2016 6:01pm EST
John Oliver Shows Hollywood Whitewashing Has Always Been A Probl
With the Academy Awards now less than one week away, more attention is being drawn to the fact that this year's Oscars will be dominated by white actors. There has been talk of boycotts and lots of hand-wringing on how to fix the problem by those closest to the event, but perhaps no think piece has cut through to the heart of the issue as well as John Oliver did on this week's episode of 'Last Week Tonight'.

We've come to expect nothing but the best from Oliver, but this takedown of Hollywood whitewashing is especially brutal. Whitewashing is when Hollywood decides to cast a white actor in...

John Oliver Says What We're All Thinking About ISIS (NSFW)

11/16/2015 12:57pm EST
John Oliver Goes Off On ISIS After Paris Attack: 'F--k These A--
Over the last couple of days, many people from around the world have spoken out against terrorism and in support of France after the attack by ISIS in Paris. But perhaps no one has spoken with as much passion on the subject as John Oliver did Sunday night on HBO.

Oliver opened this week's episode of Last Week Tonight by saying that he was going to speak candidly about what happened.

"This is when, it actually helps to be on HBO, where those things can be said without restraint," Oliver began. "Because after the many appropriate and very necessary moments of silence, I'd like to offer you ...

John Oliver's Awesome FIFA TV Spot

6/10/2015 7:13pm EDT
Watch John Oliver's Hilarious Paid Takedown Of FIFA On Trinidad
Last Week Tonight's John Oliver has played a crucial role in making the American public aware of soccer governing body FIFA's corrupt practices over the last year. He aired a segment on the organization's shady inner workings long before the American goverment charged numerous FIFA officials with crimes earlier this month.

This past week, Oliver made headlines again when he chugged a Bud Light Lime to celebrate the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and lampooned a video made by ex-FIFA official Jack Warner, who seriously cited an article from The Onion as proof that he was innocen...

John Oliver Staying On HBO For At Least Two More Years

2/18/2015 8:02pm EST
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Comedian John Oliver's HBO series Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has been renewed for two more seasons, putting to bed rumors that he'll be taking over for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

HBO's president of programming Michael Lombardo announced the renewal of the show on Tuesday, revealing that the show's third and fourth seasons will each consist of 35 shows, with the third season coming in 2016 and the fourth in 2017.

"We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family," Lombardo said in a press release. "His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week...

Patrick Stewart Replaces Comedy Correspondent On 'The Daily Show'

9/28/2012 5:26pm EDT
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Thespian Patrick Stewart showed off his comedy skills on U.S. TV on Wednesday night by pretending to be comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Oliver for a news piece about the dispute between American football league officials and referees, which was resolved overnight.

The bald X-Men actor wore a black wig for the skit, during which he used Shakespearean language to report the latest news.

Stewart then revealed his true identity and joked he, "(Al) Pacino, (Meryl Streep) and Glenn Close and the incomparable Mandy Patinkin" had been drafted in as "replacement correspondents" afte...

'Community' Recap: Competitive Ecology

10/10/2011 7:55am EDT
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The most recent episode of NBC’s “Community” is, in some ways, one of its most meta and self-referential outings. Greendale Community College’s motley study group always seems to be spending more time arguing and screwing off then actually studying (a serious complaint from the show’s critics). In “Competitive Ecology,” the writers, in their unique way, address those who take issue with that aspect of the show.

The team’s Biology professor, Dr. Kane, tells the class that they’ll be partnering up to build a terrarium which will be due the next day. Instead of letting the students choose the...

Comedian John Oliver Engaged

10/4/2010 2:10pm EDT
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British comedian John Oliver is engaged to marry his former Army medic girlfriend Kate Norley after proposing during a Caribbean getaway.

The Daily Show star popped the question to American Iraq War veteran Norley on the sun kissed isle of St. Thomas in July.

The couple met two years ago at the Republican National Convention, while Norley was still on active service.

Oliver, 33, reveals the pair plans to marry "some time next year."

'Community' Recap: 'The Art of Discourse'

4/30/2010 9:10am EDT
Put on your homage-spotting caps, it's another new episode of Community.

After last-week's dead-ringer mafia movie/Scorcese parody, the writers took on the godfather of college hijinx flicks- Animal House.

It all begins with Abed, the catalyst for all the meta self-awareness in the Greendale universe, trying to complete his freshman year bucket list by recreating gags culled from classic college comedies.

Troy agrees to be his Morgan Freeman character and is promptly pantsed by Abed, who is disappointed Troy isn't wearing the traditional white heart-print boxers. Troy returns the favor (...

'Community' Recap: 'Beginner Pottery'

3/19/2010 9:42am EDT
This week's episode of Community, "Beginner Pottery," uses the same premise as "Introduction to Film," something the characters acknowledge when Jeff comes to them with a blow-off class suggestion.

Abed and Annie choose to join him, while Pierce shows up in nautical regalia in order to convince the group to take a one-week boating class. Shirley and Britta are on board, as well as Troy, who says, "A black person on a boat? I gotta see this. I'm in."

Nevermind the nearest body of water is more than two hours away, the school has recently acquired a sailboat, The Nose Candy, via police auct...

'Community' Recap: 'Basic Genealogy'

3/12/2010 9:52am EST
Just when I thought Community could not get any wilder and awkward, family week at Glendale happened.

Abed brought his family, which was the punch line for many racist jokes by Pierce. Senor Chan brought his brother, who told Senor Chan how ridiculous his name sounds. Troy brought his grandmother, who was “old school”, and ended up whooping Britta with a “switch” (stick).

Jeff has no family, while Pierce brought his super hot ex-stepdaughter, which lead to a classic Pierce line, “Over the course of seven marriages, I've amassed some 32 stepchildren."

Things got a little weird as Pierce w...