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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dismaying as it was to watch former presidential press secretary Sean Spicer treated like a cute celebrity on the Emmy Awards, the television academy at least recognized many of the brightest stars gracing the tube — including the mighty John Oliver, who won “Writing for a Variety Series” in competition with host Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and Samantha Bee.

To honor Oliver, spend a few minutes admiring his recent takedown of Joe Arpaio, thuggish beneficiary of a Trump pardon, which showcases the remarkable research and sly humor that are the hallmarks of Last Week Tonight. (This episode includes an excruciating clip of the former Maricopa County sheriff croaking Sinatra’s “My Way,” setting up a gag.)

Congratulations, John!

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