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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Show Summary

John Oliver, like Stephen Colbert, owes a lot to Jon Stewart. After being featured as a correspondent on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, it was his role as guest host on that show that resulted in his receiving a show on his own. Although the show had its beginnings on Comedy Central, the broadcast on HBO makes for some huge differences. Whereas shows like the Daily Show are broadcast five times a week, have different cast members and have "characters" , Oliver's new show is once a week and a one man show. And, unlike shows on Comedy Central, he can curse, which he does, enthusiastically. He also is not restrained by the need to be politically correct or to protect corporate sponsors. He has no problem calling people, politicians, or corporations on their baloney.

Oliver, with the aid of news clips and television segments from the previous week, takes on headlines ranging from the World Cup to Gun Control to Scottish Independence. He enthusiastically reports the news, as well as using inaccuracies of the media to serve as a stepping point to audience education. In one such segment, he compared Dr. Oz, to the wizard of the same name, due to his unproven and unscientific touting of miracle medical cures on his self titled show. Although mostly a one person show, he will on occasion conduct interviews with noteworthy individuals. One such interview series is "Great Minds, People Who think Good", guests in this segment have included Stephen Hawking and Jane Goodall.
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What Is Last Week Tonight with John Oliver TV Show Like?

HBO's answer to Comedy Central's The Daily Show with John Stewart, is Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. If it feels quite similar to The Daily Show, it could be because John Oliver was a writer and correspondent on that show, before starting his new show, Last Week Tonight on HBO in 2014. John has received accolades from both the TV Emmy's and the Writers Guild.

He first came to prominence as a cutting-edge political stand-up performer in the UK with a string of TV appearances and sold-out solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival. Oliver won the Breakout Award at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2007 and went on to write and star in the Comedy Central stand-up special 'John Oliver: Terrifying Times,' followed by the series 'John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show,' which he has hosted for four seasons. John Oliver also writes and presents a satirical podcast called The Bugle, which can be found at He hosts this show with his long-time collaborator Andy Zaltzman. Zaltman is another British comedian, who like Oliver, focuses on political material.
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Last Week Tonight TV Studio Location:

CBS Studio B
528 West 57th Street 
New York, NY 10019

How To Get To The Studio:
You can take the MTA subway 1, A, C or E trains to 59th Street - Columbus Circle.

Noteworthy Dates For This TV Show

TV Show Started: April 27, 2014
TV Show Closes: Open Ended

Number of TV Tapings: 1 Show per week

Age Requirement:
You must be 18 years or older to attend a taping of this TV show.
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Great Minds, People Who Think Good

In the first installment, Oliver interviews brilliant physicist, Stephen Hawking.

During this interview, Hawking called Oliver an idiot after implying that his mechanical voice might be that of an intelligent robot trying to take over.

In another segment, Oliver made chimp sounds with famous primatologist, Jane Goodall.

The King and I Comparison

In 2014, Oliver called Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn a buffoon, after video leaked of the prince celebrating his poodle's birthday.

According to the Thai Constitution, this puts Oliver in violation of the law for "undermining the royal institution" and opens him to up to 7 years in prison if tried and convicted.

Oliver joked that he would be postponing any upcoming trips to Thailand.

In-Depth Investigative Journalism

Oliver is actually making news in the way he is reporting the news. His in-depth investigations are leading to segments longer than those seen on hard hitting newscasts like 60 minutes. Oliver has segments lasting 14 or even as long as 20 minutes, while the average segment time for a show like 60 minutes is anywhere between 11 and 13 minutes. The freedom of not having to cut to commercials, as well as, the focus on in depth investigation, makes Last Week Tonight, a pioneer in satirical news programs.
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Hilarious Original Show Clips and Animations

To balance the hard hitting news, Oliver comes up with hilarious skits to help deliver his message.
Some worth noting: When he heard that Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad was a fan of one hit wonder pop band Right Said Fred, he flew them in to sing a cover of "I'm Too Sexy," with revamped disparaging lyrics against the dictator.

Oliver sang a song with Muppet-like puppets to bring to light the broken American prison system. He dressed up live animals to portray the Supreme Court with Anthony Scalia being portrayed by a look-alike bulldog.

In response to the Port Authority of NY/NJ complaining that a local housewares store was using its images without consent and damaging its reputation, Oliver created Port Authority dinnerware, complete with the images of rats, unattended children, and homeless people throwing up.

The Show Reception and Ratings

Since its premier in 2014, Last Week Tonight has received generally high ratings and reviews. Although it has inevitably been compared to the Daily Show, its in depth reporting and its freedom from corporate sponsors has garnered it high marks, It has been named as one of the best new shows of 2014. Although its broadcast numbers are impressive, it is through online media such as its own YouTube Channel that has really given the show high viewing numbers. Through exclusive online postings (especially when Oliver has a week off) and HBO GO (its stream anywhere service), the ratings for Last Week Tonight can reach millions.
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Host/Executive Producer:
John Oliver

Executive Producers

James Taylor
Tim Carvell
Jon Thoday

Line Producer
Diane Fitzgerald

Liz Stanton
Staff & Creative Team:

Audience Coordinator
Samantha Black

Audience Management

Audience Warm Up
Vince August
Jared Logan
Genre: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in a similar vein to The Daily Show with John Stewart  couples comedy and real political issues. Stewart and his news team introduce and discuss issues in a satirical manner, also bringing in celebrities for interviews.

Show Transmission Time & Channel:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is broadcast on Channel HBO Sunday nights at 11:00 PM.

Show Duration:
Last Week Tonight runs for 30 minutes without any commercial breaks.
Broadway Show Parking
Parking For This TV Studio
The closest parking garage for the CBS Broadcasting Center is located at:
Kinney System
264 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Imperial Parking
315 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.