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April 11, 2008 3:27 PM   Subscribe

John Oliver's "The Meter Is Running" is a loving* look back at the history of FOX News.

*not really
posted by chuckdarwin (34 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Watched this last night. Very good. DIE, AILES, DIE
posted by waraw at 3:31 PM on April 11, 2008


It's so funny because it is so dead on...and it's so sad because...it's so dead on.

Metafilter, GO FOX YOURSELF!
posted by UseyurBrain at 3:48 PM on April 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


John Oliver made me cry last week.
posted by Rhaomi at 4:03 PM on April 11, 2008 [3 favorites]


This is sublime.

(thank you)
posted by nonmerci at 4:08 PM on April 11, 2008


"John Oliver made me cry last week."

That's the funniest thing I have heard in a while. I have tears streaming down my face and my sides hurt.
posted by UseyurBrain at 4:10 PM on April 11, 2008


John Oliver made me cry last week.

And me just now. :) I still hurt.
posted by evilangela at 4:21 PM on April 11, 2008


Holy cats, that "made me cry" link should not have made me laugh so hard but is was hilarious.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:21 PM on April 11, 2008


John Oliver is a fantastic addition to the cast. In fact, their newest batch of them (minus Jason Jones) are all pretty brilliant.
posted by absalom at 4:27 PM on April 11, 2008


The John Oliver / Larry Wilmore combination is amazing.
posted by Gary at 4:33 PM on April 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


John Oliver is hilarious on The Bugle Podcast. But on the Daily Show? Meh.

The token Brit jokes are getting old and the wooden scripts on the Daily Show just aren't funny. I think he's a lot funnier when ad-libbing.
posted by schwa at 4:38 PM on April 11, 2008 [4 favorites]


"We're sorry, but this video is not available." Is this because I'm in Canada?
posted by Shepherd at 4:59 PM on April 11, 2008


Stewart mentions later that they changed the funny names for that list of British fallen after rehearsal to a whole new set of funny names, which is why he was unable to control himself. He was hearing it for the first time.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 5:11 PM on April 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm getting the "not available" thing in Canada as well. I'd guess that's why. Someone got a YouTube link or something?
posted by Naberius at 5:26 PM on April 11, 2008


Sorry, Canada. Can't find it anywhere but comedycentral at this point.
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:30 PM on April 11, 2008


Somebody on reddit linked to the comedy network equivalent. It starts at 4:25.
posted by Gary at 5:33 PM on April 11, 2008


(The Comedy Network is the Canadian equivalent of Comedy Central. If we see the American networks unfiltered we'll rise up as one and topple the monarchy.
posted by Gary at 5:34 PM on April 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


John Oliver made me cry last week.

Sometimes clips fail to live up to the hype. This is not one of those times. Jesus Christ that was funny.
posted by Bookhouse at 6:52 PM on April 11, 2008


their newest batch of them (minus Jason Jones) are all pretty brilliant.

Oh, come on, I thought They're Trying To Kill Us was pretty funny this week.
posted by fungible at 6:54 PM on April 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Sometimes clips fail to live up to the hype. This is not one of those times. Jesus Christ that was funny.

Maybe I'm just in a bad mood, but I just watched it and I am still wondering when the funny starts.

So, he just keeps mentioning vaguely double-entendre names? Is that it? What?
posted by yhbc at 7:14 PM on April 11, 2008


John Oliver is hilarious on The Bugle Podcast.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for introducing me to the Bugle Podcast. That is some hilarious stuff. I loved hearing The American explaining football celebrations to Britain (Episode 15).
posted by JDHarper at 7:23 PM on April 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Maybe I'm just in a bad mood, but I just watched it and I am still wondering when the funny starts.

It's not my fault if you didn't notice the hilarious hand gestures.

No, not really. Yeah, just funny names. It worked for me.
posted by Bookhouse at 7:49 PM on April 11, 2008


Oh my god that Rhaomi, that bit had me in physical pain... that should not have been that funny...
posted by empath at 8:08 PM on April 11, 2008


Maybe I'm just in a bad mood, but I just watched it and I am still wondering when the funny starts.

So, he just keeps mentioning vaguely double-entendre names? Is that it? What?


Well, yeah, but either you find the names themselves funny enough to carry the joke, or you don't.

I did, and I sat here laughing so hard I sounded like a wheezing 3-pack-a-day smoker. Good thing I'm by myself.
posted by DrGirlfriend at 10:01 PM on April 11, 2008


Oh my lord. Out of curiousity, I hunted down the full show on the Comedy Network site (I'm in Canada and couldn't watch the original link) and I have just now recovered from watching that. What everyone else said: it shouldn't have been so funny, really, but I think I just trigged an asthma attack from laughing so hard.
posted by jokeefe at 10:16 PM on April 11, 2008


DrGirlfriend: "Well, yeah, but either you find the names themselves funny enough to carry the joke, or you don't."

It's more than that, though... half the humor comes from seeing Jon Stewart lose his shit (and at least a third from seeing Oliver do the whole bit without even cracking a smile). It seems like those are the funniest moments, when they break character. It's what made The Banana skit with Colbert so memorable, along with the "Bloggers in the media" bit, another time where the correspondent switched things up on Stewart to throw him off (Colbert's alias was supposed to be something else, and he switched it last-minute). It's like they're always trying to get John's goat, and his breaking down is a sign they've struck comedy gold. It helps that their laughs are so infectious, too.

(Fun fact about that first Colbert clip: watch the top of his head at the very end when he's all gravitas. It's clear that he's slowly rising on his tiptoes to try to maintain his composure. I suspect that Oliver was likewise biting his cheeks bloody in the soldier bit, or something similar...)
posted by Rhaomi at 12:20 AM on April 12, 2008 [3 favorites]


He did a great job with that. It sort of reminds me of Colbert's correspondent's dinner speech, accurate and biting satire. It exposes the hypocrisy which is Fox News, and makes you laugh too.
posted by caddis at 6:40 AM on April 12, 2008


Best of the web indeed. Thanks for pointing this out.
posted by jouke at 10:11 AM on April 12, 2008


outfoxed sucked. it was such a letdown.
this just for the record.
posted by krautland at 10:23 AM on April 12, 2008


Spike.com has the latest Daily Show clips.

The Bugle is very nice.
posted by WalterMitty at 3:14 PM on April 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


And, after hitting "Post Comment" - the Spike.com link.
posted by WalterMitty at 3:15 PM on April 12, 2008


Aasif Mandvi is my favourite member of the Daily Show. A lot of his humour seems to be based on, and fueled by pure rage.
posted by KokuRyu at 5:50 PM on April 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yeah, it's impossible for me to pick a favorite among the young turk, but when backed into a corner, I line up behind Wilmore. The best addition to the cast in ages. Not only because they've been lilly white for, like, the last ten years, but because that guy is God. Damn. Brilliant. I really like the parts when he teams up for Oliver, to me, nothing is as roll off the couch funny as when he takes the role of pundit at the desk.
posted by absalom at 11:02 AM on April 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Part 2?
posted by Pronoiac at 4:54 PM on April 15, 2008


Two Years Ago: When Stephen Colbert Mocked Bush -- To His Face
posted by homunculus at 1:26 PM on April 26, 2008


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