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HBO Renews 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' for Two More Seasons

February 18, 2015 08:02:44

Those who thought there's still a chance that might take over "The Daily Show" from now have their hopes crushed. HBO has ordered two more seasons of sophomore satirical program "Last Week Tonight" hosted by Oliver, meaning that the British comedian will stay on the premium cable channel through 2017.

"We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family," said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. "His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself."

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Philip Morris Reacts to John Oliver Tobacco Jokes on 'Last Week Tonight'

February 17, 2015 11:02:35

targeted cigarettes on "Last Week Tonight" Sunday night, February 15. The comedian spent 18 minutes of the episode slamming tobacco companies like Philip Morris International for suing smaller countries like Uruguay and Togo regarding their stringent regulations on marketing cigarettes.

But instead of getting "angry" and calling tobacco companies "a**holes, or monsters, or open sores on Satan's d**k," Oliver offered to "broker peace" by introducing a new mascot, Jeff the Diseased Lung in a Cowboy Hat, which is a take on Marlboro's iconic cowboy imagery.

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'Last Week Tonight' Host John Oliver Talks the Horrors of New Year's Eve

December 30, 2014 02:12:51

To tide fans over before "Last Week Tonight" returns in 2015, the host shows up in an internet-only clip for a hilarious warm-up where he discusses the holiday he loathes the most. "New Year's Eve is like the death of a pet," he says in a clip on YouTube.

"New Year's Eve is the worst," he says. "It combines three of the least pleasant things known to mankind: Forced interaction with strangers, being drunk, cold and tired, and having to stare at for five solid minutes, waiting for him to tell you what the time is."

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Video: John Oliver Pokes Fun at Donald Sterling Racism Claim on 'Last Week Tonight' Debut

April 28, 2014 02:04:46

launched his HBO talk show by taking on a hot issue that emerged over the weekend. On the first episode of "" which aired Sunday, April 27, he mocked Donald Sterling who landed in hot water after caught on audio tape making racist remarks.

"It turned out to be a rough week for unrepentant racists and recording devices," he said. After showing a clip of news reporting on the controversy, he quipped, "Wow that is genuinely shocking: An 80-year-old man knows about Instagram." He added about the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, "He's like a walking 'Before' photo!"

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John Oliver's HBO Show Will Premiere April 27

February 13, 2014 08:02:18

's new HBO show has got a premiere date and a name. The weekly comedy series is titled "" and will debut Sunday, April 27 at 11 P.M. ET/PT.

The half-hour show will take a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. Executive produced by Oliver, Tim Carvell, James Taylor and Jon Thoday, it has been ordered for 24 episodes in its first year. "It will be me making fun of things," Oliver said of the show back in January.

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