W-ORD Channel 7 News With John Oliver & Cookie Monster.
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With a combination of humor and fearlessness, Last Week Tonight
has done an unlikely thing: spurred action. John Oliver’s segment on net neutrality this past June perfectly summed up what his HBO show Last Week Tonight
is so good at: transcending apathy. It’s an ingenious formula that’s making a difference in the real world. “Making a difference” isn’t hyperbole. The FCC’s website actually crashed from overwhelming web traffic the day after Oliver’s segment originally aired. The Atlantic
looks at How John Oliver Beats Apathy
In June of this year, POM Wonderful won "a round in a food fight with Coca-Cola"
in the case about how a fruit juice blend is labeled
. It's a case of commercial speech
, to which John Oliver opined that "in Coke's defense, they only mislead us about what was in their juice. For years, POM Wonderful has mislead us about what is in pomegranates"
. Generally speaking, as long as the labeling isn't incorrect or harmful, it can make bold claims, to a point
. For instance, you can't claim your cereal could improve kids' attentiveness and memory when it doesn't
. Whatever you do, you shouldn't add new labeling to existing
, even if it is to clarify that the product sucks less
, or is asbestos-free
. [more inside]
John Oliver examines the music download purchasing habits of Syria's president, and engineers the momentary catharsis of mildly irritating one of the worst people on the planet. Right Said Fred performs their tribute to Assad.
What do the words "safety," ''chaotic" and "problem" have in common? They're all on General Motors' list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues
. The revelation of the 68-word list is one of the odder twists in GM's ongoing recall of 2.6 million older-model small cars for defective ignition switches. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The entire first episode of John Oliver's new current-events comedy show on HBO, Last Week Tonight
, is viewable
on its official YouTube Channel. [more inside]
After a summer of John Oliver, Jon Stewart returns
to host The Daily Show. (slyt) [more inside]
There was no wink and they never sold it out for these half-hour, densely, beautifully produced pieces, which is, for all possibilities, obscuring that this doesn’t at all sound like a comedy show. It is all the production elements you would use in a full-scale news production. All the gravitas, but just inflated to a point that it has no gravitas whatsoever. And I think that is where it became this excitingly subversive thing because it just showed that BBC Radio 4 and everything it stood for was just a big bag of shit.
John Oliver on why he's a fan of On the Hour. On the Hour
, of course, is the legendary BBC news radio program created by, among other people, Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It
, In The Loop
), Christopher Morris (Jam
, Brass Eye
, Four Lions
, Why Bother?
), Stewart Lee (41st best stand-up comic ever
), and Steve Coogan (Knowing Me Knowing You With Alan Partridge
, I'm Alan Partridge
). Short-lived but influential, On the Hour
mimicked the tone and production of other radio news shows but replaced the content with what Oliver describes as "unremitting bullshit". On the Hour
was aired in two six-episode series (S1E1 S1E2 S1E3 S1E4 S1E5 S1E6
; S2E1 S2E2 S2E3 S2E4 S2E5 S2E6
), and begat a television series called The Day Today
. That show in turn added Graham Linehan (Black Books
, Father Ted
, The IT Crowd
) to On the Hour
's already all-star lineup, upped the already-insane levels of overproduction, and ran for six short-but-glorious episodes (one two three four five (WAR!) six
), as well as a special 9/11 radio report
. [more inside]
Funnyman Jon Stewart is taking a 12 week hiatus
to direct a film adaptation of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari's book Then They Came For Me
. John Oliver
will take over hosting duties in his absence.
Daily Show clip of Jason Jones interview before Bahari's arrest
. Post - arrest
Daily Show interviews. Previously
After 176+ episodes, satirical podcast The Bugle
with John Oliver
and Andy Zaltzman will no longer be published
by The Times
. [more inside]
Regular listeners to The Bugle (previously
) will have been missing their usual weekly dose of historico-politico-silliness. But there is a fallback. [more inside]
For me, this was a first experience of seeing India play at home, and of Sachin Tendulkar playing in front of his own people. I chose a good game with which to start. I can think of few, if any, experiences in sport to match watching Tendulkar succeed in a home game. Roger Federer may occupy a similar status of universally-acknowledged greatness within tennis, but I think it is fair to say that Switzerland is not quite as passionate about tennis as India is about cricket. If Federer were to simultaneously play tennis whilst hoarding gold and providing banking facilities for dubious dictators, perhaps the fervour of his support would match that for Sachin. But the Swiss population is unlikely ever to top the one billion mark.
Don't know a thing about cricket? Wouldn't know a wicket from a googly? Don't worry, you won't have to know a thing to enjoy Andy Zaltzman's World Cup Blog
. He is traveling around Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka attending various games. Zaltzman is best known to the world for the fabulous podcast The Bugle
which he does with John Oliver. Therefore it should come as no surprise that he also does a cricket podcast
. And he tweets about cricket
's "The Meter Is Running
" is a loving* look back at the history of FOX News
. [more inside]
is a topical comedic podcast by The Daily Show's John Oliver and fellow comedian Andy Saltzman. They style it an Audio Newspaper for a Visual World. Each weekly episode is about half an hour long.