Top 5 Moments From ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’

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Following behind “fake” news predecessors The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver wrapped up its first season with an average gross audience of 4 million viewers, putting it on par with fellow HBO show Real Time With Bill Maher.

In the first season, John Oliver impressed by presenting objective reporting, wrapped up in comedy to a point you couldn’t tell the two apart. While Oliver has stated, “It’s not journalism, it’s comedy — it’s comedy first, and it’s comedy second,” one has to be impressed with the amount of research actually done for something that’s simply “comedy.” The research for the Miss America segment alone is more than some major new organizations would do to seek objective truth.

Whether it’s simply for a laugh or truly trying to bring journalism and information, hidden in comedy, the first season of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has not disappointed. While every episode has been a thing of beauty, both in entertainment and presenting truth, I could not select them all.

Here are my top five moments:


1. The Wealth Gap


Wealth Gap: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)John Oliver discusses America's growing wealth gap and why it may be a problem in the future. Connect with Last Week Tonight online… Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter…2014-07-14T06:30:01.000Z

“America now has a system where wealth is essentially dispersed as a lottery of birth, and maybe the reason we seem to accept that is that even though we know the odds are stacked against us, we all think we’re going to win the lottery.”


2. Net Neutrality


Net Neutrality: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they're doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren't covering it. John Oliver explains the controversy and lets viewers know how they can voice their displeasure to the FCC. (fcc.gov/comments, for any interested parties) Connect with Last Week Tonight online……2014-06-02T06:30:01.000Z

“The guy who used to run the cable industry’s lobbying arm is now running the agency tasked with regulating it. That is the equivalent of needing a babysitter and hiring a dingo.”


3. Ferguson


Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, John Oliver explores the racial inequality in treatment by police as well as the increasing militarization of America’s local police forces. Connect with Last Week Tonight online… Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens:…2014-08-18T06:30:01.000Z

“If even the governor can’t distinguish between the good and the bad elements of the community and has decided to punish everyone equally, then that should go both ways, I know the police love their ridiculous, unnecessary military equipment, so here’s another patronizing test. Let’s take it all away from them, and if they can make it through the whole month without killing a single unarmed black man, then, and only then, can they get their fucking toys back.”


4. The Miss America Pageant


Miss America Pageant: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)The Miss America Pageant…how is this still a thing? They claim to give more scholarships to women than any other organization, and, unfortunately, they’re right. To illustrate these problems, John Oliver stages his own pageant with the help of Kathy Griffin. Here are the links to the women's scholarship funds that John mentioned on air:…2014-09-22T06:30:01.000Z

“Currently, the biggest scholarship program exclusively for women in America requires you to be unmarried, with a mint-condition uterus, and also rewards working knowledge of buttock adhesive technology, which is just a little bit unsettling!”


5. Climate Change


Climate Change Debate: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)John Oliver hosts a mathematically representative climate change debate, with the help of special guest Bill Nye the Science Guy, of course. Connect with Last Week Tonight online… Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would:…2014-05-12T03:30:01.000Z

“You don’t need people’s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: ‘Which number is bigger, 15 or five?’ or ‘Do owls exist?’ or ‘Are there hats?’ The debate on climate change ought not to be whether or not it exists. It’s what we should do about. There is a mountain of research on this topic.”

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