Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is an American late-night talk and news satire television program.
L.W.T draws its comedy and satire from recent news stories, political figures, media organizations, pop culture and often aspects of the show itself.
Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that. RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. We've helped them create a farewell message. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.
Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas. We've noticed that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue still exists but can’t quite figure out why.
The vast majority of US judges are elected, forcing many judges to pander to the electorate and accept campaign money in order to keep their jobs. This seems slightly troubling... The UK's Labour Party has painted a campaign van pink in an attempt to attract women voters. We are glad they didn't keep going with that strategy.
America's crumbling infrastructure: It's not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.
A set of Supreme Court decisions made over 100 years ago has left U.S. territories without meaningful representation. That’s weird, right? Daylight saving time doesn’t actually benefit anyone. Strangely, it’s still a thing!
The NCAA doesn’t pay athletes because they consider them amateurs. The NCAA considers them amateurs because they don’t get paid.
If you have money, committing a municipal violation may pose you a minor inconvenience. If you don’t, it can ruin your life. The New Hampshire legislature refused to make the red-tailed hawk the official raptor of their state...so we made it the official raptor of our show.
There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.
Nobody likes the IRS. But recent budget and staff cuts have made it increasingly difficult for the department to do its very important job. Don’t take our word for it. Ask Michael Bolton.
For inventors, patents are an essential protection against theft. But when patent trolls abuse the system by stockpiling patents and threatening lawsuits, businesses are forced to shell out tons of money. CNN produced an actual doomsday video to broadcast when the world is ending and it’s incredibly dull. We've enlisted Martin Sheen to help make humanity’s final moments happier!
Trendy clothes are cheaper than ever. That sounds great for the people who buy them, but it's horrible for the people who make them.
American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.
Many American companies do not offer paid leave after the birth of a child, which means they probably shouldn’t run sappy Mother’s Day ads.
John Oliver explains how chicken farming can be unfair, punishing, and inhumane. And not just for the chickens!
After the arrests of numerous top officials, John Oliver decided to give an update on the state of FIFA.
John Oliver explains why America’s bail system is better for the reality tv industry than it is for the justice system.
The US Senate Torture Report revealed horrifying details of America's interrogation program. Helen Mirren will fill you in.
Online harassment is a major problem, but it’s rarely prosecuted. If only we’d been warned about this in the early days of the internet.
This week's gay rights victory was historic, but the transgender community still faces staggering challenges. John Oliver focuses on the “T” in “LGBT.”
Cities spend massive amounts of public money on privately-owned stadiums. Cities issue tax-exempt municipal bonds that — wait, don’t fall asleep!
Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat.
Mandatory minimums require fixed prison sentences for certain crimes. John Oliver explains why we treat some turkeys better than most low-level offenders.
Washington DC experiences taxation without representation. It's also missing from rhyming state songs. John Oliver and a group of singing children fix one of these problems.
Sex education varies widely between school districts, leaving many teens without comprehensive information. We made a video that covers what some schools are too embarrassed to teach.
U.S. tax law allows television preachers to get away with almost anything. We know this from personal experience.
This year’s gay marriage ruling was a milestone, but LGBT discrimination is still surprisingly legal. John Oliver explains why we need a federal anti-discrimination law.
The Miranda warning includes the right to a public defender. It doesn’t include the fact that public defenders are highly overworked and grossly underpaid.
The European migrant crisis sees millions of refugees face hostility, racism, and red tape so John Oliver does something small for them. In other news Pope Francis visited the U.S., an interesting report on David Cameron and the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
John Oliver investigates the treatment of mental health in the US and discovers the system doesn't always work. In other news Russia gets involved in the bombing of Syria, the UN trains the leaders of the future and Jason Chaffetz is embarressed. John Oliver also launches a brand new app.
North Dakota's reputation for politeness has led to oil companies taking advantage so John Oliver offers the people of the 'legendary' state a solution. In other news the war in Syria rages on, FIFA is still rife with corruption and Toyota are asked to explain why ISIS has so many of their vehicles.
In order to help Canada with their upcoming election, John Oliver enlists Mike Myers, a beaver, and a moose to give some advice to voters. In other news the New Zealand Prime Minister admits to some interesting habits, Mexico isn't happy with it's president and a zoo in Denmark tries to educate visitors by butchering animals.
John Oliver discusses the impact of the upcoming US elections on the status of Medicaid and tries to calm tensions in the East China Sea through Kenny G. In other news the peace talks in Syria feature no Syrians, the link between the Ukraine and Star Wars, and Andrew Lloyd Webber has some opinions on UK tax credits.
John Oliver explains the hurdles for prisoner re-entry in the US with help from a real life ex-convict. In other news, the UK introduces new surveillance measures, US patriotism is an advertising gimmick, and the Washington Redskins defend their trademark.
John Oliver investigates the murky world of Daily Fantasy Sports and creates an advertisement to help explain the positives. In other news, the terrorist attacks in Paris shocked the world, Singles Day in China features some questionable celebrity endorsements, and India want their diamond back.
John Oliver starts a campaign to remove the penny from circulation and takes a look back at the highlights of the season with appearances from some of our favorite characters. The Paris attacks and their impact on refugee intake across the globe are also discussed.