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  • John Oliver has gone to town on FIFA in the past, and with the presidential election coming up at the end of the month, the comedian dedicated a bit of time to mocking Sepp Blatter on his Last Week Tonight show.
  • It’s pretty hard to believe that John Oliver’s quasi-weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight first premiered only one year ago. In that short time, the British comedian has won a Peabody award, scored a coveted Edward Snowden interview, started a skirmish with the Thai government, landed himself on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list, and, all told, proven himself a worthy successor to his mentor, Jon Stewart. But while you may have learned everything you know about sex geckos, nutritional supplements, gay rights in Uganda, and the Miss America pageant from Oliver and his crack team of writers, the comedian does not want you to call him a journalist. That right there is just another thing he learned from Jon Stewart.
  • Mother's Day is that time of year when we celebrate mothers. Or, if you're a politician, you celebrate mothers, but also do your best to undermine them by denying any effort to offer workplace protections and paid leave. As John Oliver pointed out on "Last Week Tonight," the same politicians applauding mothers also voted against a bill that would extend maternity leave and provide other benefits for working mothers.
  • John Oliver’s status as wildly successful host of the eponymous Last Week Tonight with John Oliver doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his Daily Show roots. “[Jon Stewart] literally taught me how to do everything I am doing now. All the things I’m doing are the direct result of lessons I was taught by him,” Oliver told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos in a recent interview, adding: “I think it’s pretty much an objective fact I owe him everything… all I’m doing now is using the muscles he gave me.”
  • "Something is wrong with our system when we just assume a certain number of kids will vomit," 'Last Week Tonight' host says. "Tests are supposed to be assessments of skills, not a rap battle on '8 Mile' road".
  • Americans purchase an average of 64 items of clothing annually, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association, thanks in large measure to "fast fashion" companies like H&M and Gap, which use foreign labor to produce clothing.
  • Every leader needs to prove that he has what it takes to lead others. John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, echoed this sentiment in a recent interview with Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air. Oliver cut his comedy chops in the U.S. with a seven-and-a-half year stint on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. In summer of 2013 he substituted hosted for Jon Stewart who was in Jordan making the movie Rosewater. Oliver was positively gushing in his praise for Stewart’s support and advice about running the Daily Show in his absence. Many of these lessons Oliver has incorporated into his HBO show.
  • Every leader needs to prove that he has what it takes to lead others. John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, echoed this sentiment in a recent interview with Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air. Oliver cut his comedy chops in the U.S. with a seven-and-a-half year stint on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. In summer of 2013 he substituted hosted for Jon Stewart who was in Jordan making the movie Rosewater. Oliver was positively gushing in his praise for Stewart’s support and advice about running the Daily Show in his absence. Many of these lessons Oliver has incorporated into his HBO show.
  • In the wake of the controversy surrounding incoming The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s old tweets, John Oliver says having regrettable jokes is a part of every successful comedian’s development. “You want to be embarrassed by the standards of the things you were doing [in the past],” the TIME 100 honoree and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight said at this year’ gala, calling that embarrassment “part of getting better.”
  • Aug 14 2014
    How John Oliver Beats Apathy
    How John Oliver Beats Apathy
    Aug 14 2014theatlantic.com
    John Oliver
    With a combination of humor and fearlessness, Last Week Tonight has done an unlikely thing: spurred action.
  • "It's not journalism, it's comedy—it's comedy first, and it's comedy second."