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#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert And John Oliver, Together Again — But Alone

It’s lonely to host a late-night show from isolation – no audience, no band, and no live guests. And nobody understands that loneliness better than a fellow host, which may be why Stephen Colbert brought on his old Comedy Central buddy John Oliver for a remote visit.

Naturally, the pals started snapping on each other immediately, with Oliver mocking Colbert’s bosses at CBS for bleeping any mild obscenity he might utter (unlike HBO management, where the policy is far more liberated). Then Stephen tries to prove he can curse, too.

While Stephen says he is rediscovering old skills, like changing a bicycle tire, John confesses that to create a TV show from home, with toddlers underfoot, makes him feel like he’s drowning. “And now HBO knows you don’t need a set,” quips Colbert.

And they go on. It’s a charming, hilariously funny inside view of what this moment is like for Oliver and Colbert.

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Is Back, With Mirth And Scorn

You might expect John Oliver to return from hiatus for the global coronavirus crisis – and so he does. Stuck in home isolation, he and his crew nevertheless contrived an electronic studio. And he somehow manages to amuse and edify us in the face of the Trump administration’s terrifying incompetence.

Amid the emergency, even in the dire horror that is Italyright now, it is possible to find humor, as Oliver does. But neither Trump norany of the right-wing loonies who want America to “get back to work” escape hiswithering scorn.

John Oliver came back for us. Now just click.

#EndorseThis: What John Oliver Wants Us All To Know Now

With his usual Manhattan studio almost certainly contaminated by coronavirus, John Oliver taped Last Week Tonight from an undisclosed, audience-free location. But the strange “new normal” circumstances didn’t discourage Oliver from providing his usual calmly cutting analysis of the situation – you know, the pandemic.

Reviewing the epochal events of this past week, Oliverfocuses laser-like on the Trump administration’s myriad missteps, falsehoods,and failures, with a brief pause to praise Dr. Anthony Fauci (the sole trustedvoice on the White House podium). For instance, he eviscerates in detail Trump’sevasion of responsibility for disbanding the pandemic response division of theNational Security Council.

But what Oliver realizes is that with a president likeTrump, we’re on our own. He gives a ten-minute tutorial on how to slow the spreadof disease and potentially save lives that every American should watch. As hesays, we must help our health workers, “who are going to be in the shit forsome time to come.”

Amazingly, there are even a few laughs. Click, watch, be safe and well.

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Slaps Down Coal Baron’s SLAPP Lawsuit

Do you remember when John Oliver flipped off Bob Murray, Trump’s favorite coal baron – who then proceeded to try to intimidate Last Week Tonight with a libel lawsuit? We do. That lawsuit was thrown out, Murray’s giant company has filed for bankruptcy, and Oliver is celebrating by daring Murray to sue him again.

But as always, Oliver takes the matter beyond mockery to deliver an important lesson about press freedom in an era when big business and uber-wealthy individuals can use the courts to discourage and even destroy critics. Their favorite tool is the so-called SLAPP lawsuit, deployed against activists as well as journalists to protect unchecked corporate power.

You certainly don’t want to miss Oliver’s outrageously obscene song about Murray, who has fallen afoul of #MeToo in a sexual harassment case. It’s hard to think of a more deserving target.

 

 

 

 

 

Click and laugh.