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Last Week Tonight

John Oliver’s Retractions

John Oliver’s Retractions

(PG-13: Language) While Last Week Tonight tries to be accurate and truthful with their stories, John Oliver and his research crew are only human, and from time to time, they make mistakes. So with that in mind, John is here to apologize for some of his erroneous reporting.

LWT: Astroturfing

LWT: Astroturfing

(PG-13: Language) John Oliver tackles the very real and very dangerous idea of corporations and their intermediaries that set up supposed “grassroots” movements to defend flawed products and ram their agendas down the throats of an often unknowing public.

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LWT: Harding

LWT: Harding

(PG-13) In January 2017, Gettysburg’s Hall of Presidents and First Ladies closed and auctioned off its wax figures of US Presidents. Several TV shows bought some of those figures. Guess who bought five of ’em. Last Week Tonight flexes that HBO money.

LWT: Net Neutrality II

LWT: Net Neutrality II

(PG-13: Language) Here we go again. The FCC wants less regulation of US internet service providers, even though it’s long been proven that given the chance, ISPs will create unfair situations for their competitors and customers. Speak your mind, America.

LWT Season 4 (Trailer)

LWT Season 4 (Trailer)

“Sometimes we don’t want a British man yelling at us about how the world is ending for a whole hour…” Last Week Tonight is coming back to HBO on 2/12/17, but as John Oliver learned from this trailer, it’s definitely not HBO’s most eagerly-anticipated series.

LWT: Multilevel Marketing

LWT: Multilevel Marketing

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight takes on the formidable fortresses of douchebaggery that are multilevel marketing companies. With lobbyists and money on their side, it’s up to us to raise awareness about their employees-as-customers pyramid (shaped) schemes.

LWT: Birds

LWT: Birds

(PG-13: Language) While on hiatus, John Oliver stopped by the Last Week Tonight set to record a brief public service announcement about our fine feathered friends. We’re guessing a pigeon pooped on his freshly pressed suit on his way to the studio.

LWT: Opening Ceremony

LWT: Opening Ceremony

(PG-13: Language) With the 2016 Olympics underway, Last Week Tonight looks at NBC’s godawful coverage of the opening ceremony, Brazil’s sleazy acting President, the first ever Refugee Olympic Team and more.

LWT: Doping

LWT: Doping

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight talks about the use of performance enhancing drugs in athletics, including for the Olympics. As long as fame and fortune come only to “winners”, the least we can do is acknowledge that what we’re watching is far from fair.

LWT: Retirement Plans

LWT: Retirement Plans

(PG-13: Language) “If you stick around doing nothing while everyone around you f***s up, you’re going to win big.” Last Week Tonight exposes the hidden fees and other deceptions of many retirement plans. You won’t believe what Janice from accounting gave.

LWT: Debt Buyers

LWT: Debt Buyers

John Oliver looks at what happens when a creditor writes off its bad debt and decides to make a few extra bucks by selling the obligations. Unscrupulous buyers purchase these debts cheap, with little documentation, and pursue the money like a dog with a bone.

LWT: Scientific Studies

LWT: Scientific Studies

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight reminds us to be wary of morning show science, i.e. the kinds of “findings” that mass media often present as facts even though the actual studies were unverified, inconclusive or cherry picked.

LWT: Cicadas

LWT: Cicadas

Last Week Tonight takes a break from depressing humans to give a brief lesson on modern history to the upcoming batch of North American cicadas, which have been literally living underground as nymphs since 1999.

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LWT: Lead

LWT: Lead

The plight of Flint, Michigan’s residents made lead poisoning a hot topic, but Last Week Tonight reminds us that deadly lead is still in the paint inside millions of homes. John Oliver’s new neighbors dropped by to help him wake up lawmakers.

LWT: Credit Reports

LWT: Credit Reports

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight takes on credit reports, i.e. quantified prejudice. If there are errors in a credit company’s report, the burden of correcting those is inexplicably placed on the victims. So the show gave these vile companies a dose of their own medicine.

LWT: Conspiracy Videos

LWT: Conspiracy Videos

John Oliver took advantage of Last Week Tonight’s Easter break to indulge his fantasy of making a conspiracy video. Watch as breaks down the truth behind Cadbury Creme Eggs. Three words. Three. Confirmed.

LWT: Encryption

LWT: Encryption

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight breaks down Apple’s refusal to comply with the FBI’s request to unlock a terrorists’ iPhone, a potentially precedent-setting case that unfortunately pits consumers’ privacy against law enforcement.

LWT: Voting in the US

LWT: Voting in the US

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at the voter’s ID requirement in some states in the US. Not only can eligible IDs be hard to procure, the problem it’s supposed to prevent – voter fraud – barely exists at all… except in Congress.

LWT: New Year’s Resolutions

LWT: New Year’s Resolutions

“Exercise is like reading for your muscles. Except you can’t watch a movie of someone else exercising and basically get the gist of it.” Last Week Tonight doles out a defeatist’s tips on making New Year’s resolutions.

LWT: Regifting

LWT: Regifting

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight is on hiatus until February, but John Oliver briefly awoke from his hibernation to teach us the basics of regifting. And make numerous inappropriate analogies for unwanted gifts.

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LWT: Pennies

LWT: Pennies

Last Week Tonight takes its foot off the pedal and talks about something a little less depressing than usual. Each U.S. cent costs nearly two cents to make, yet it’s considered worthless by most citizens and even establishments.

LWT: Daily Fantasy Sports

LWT: Daily Fantasy Sports

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at daily fantasy sports companies, which let you bet – and win – real money on short term performances of athletes or teams. They’re using a legal loophole so that they won’t be classified as gambling, and remain unregulated.

LWT: Prisoner Re-entry

LWT: Prisoner Re-entry

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at government policies and stigmas that make it very hard for even low-level offenders in the US to rehabilitate, causing many of them to eventually end up in jail once again – an inefficient and most of all inhumane system.

LWT: Medicaid Gap

LWT: Medicaid Gap

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight singles out US gubernatorial candidates who oppose Medicaid expansion in their states, despite their poor constituents’ dire need of it. The irony? At least one of them has received government aid for his ailing business.

LWT: Canadian Election

LWT: Canadian Election

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight indulges in the dying tradition of gossiping about one’s neighbor. On the eve of the Canadian federal election, LWT takes a look at the candidates for prime minister and urges Canadians to stop supporting the incumbent Stephen Harper.

LWT: North Dakota

LWT: North Dakota

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight looks at how oil companies have abused North Dakota’s “friendly business climate” by washing their hands clean of accidents and paying off politicians so they’ll only pay small fines for violations.

LWT: Mental Health

LWT: Mental Health

With mental health being used to divert discussion from gun control in the United States, Last Week Tonight looks at the country’s – and perhaps the world’s –  miserable treatment of the mentally ill.

LWT: Migrants and Refugees

LWT: Migrants and Refugees

Last Week Tonight takes a break from pooping on the United States to poop on some European countries. And Fox News. While the Syrian refugee crisis is not without cost to host countries, that is no excuse for racism and discrimination. You can help.

LWT: Back to School

LWT: Back to School

(PG-13 Language) John Oliver takes a break from taking a break to give incoming American high school students an irreverent rundown of the things that they’ll be taught. And the ones that are actually worth learning about.

LWT: Made-up Historical Facts

LWT: Made-up Historical Facts

(PG-13) Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver loves lying about history so much that he will release the book that he also lied about in a previous episode. Here’s a sample of lies from the book. So… will the show return or not?

LWT: LGBT Discrimination

LWT: LGBT Discrimination

(PG-13 Language) Despite the increasing acceptance for LGBT people in the U.S., Last Week Tonight reminds us that gender-based prejudice – and thus stupidity – is still prevalent and needs to be addressed.

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