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Old 05-19-2014, 02:36 AM   #1
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Anyone else watching?

It's basically The Daily Show with swearing and nudity. I love The Daily Show, so that's not a bad thing, but it's a total rip off of the format.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:48 AM   #2
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Looks like the show is actually called "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver". The show is on HBO for those, like me, that were wondering.

I had not heard of the show before seeing this thread. I'll have to check it out.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:12 AM   #3
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I've been watching. I really enjoyed John Oliver when he hosted The Daily Show while Jon Stewart was making his movie last summer. So far I have not been impressed with the new show. I'm thinking it's going to take them a bit to find their stride/rhythm.

ETA: Fixed Oliver to Stewart. Oops! And changed hoping to thinking. I hope they find it soon. I'm thinking it will take a bit.

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Old 05-19-2014, 08:56 AM   #4
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I've been watching. I really enjoyed John Oliver when he hosted The Daily Show while Jon Oliver was making his movie last summer. So far I have not been impressed with the new show. I'm hoping it's going to take them a bit to find their stride/rhythm.
This. I'm really very disappointed. It's TDS without the correct pacing and timing. I hate to say this, but I think because of the commercial breaks, the bits on the TDS don't go on too long, it forces them to cut off the bits. On here, most of the time it feels like Oliver is rambling on and on. I think they put in those little white screen breaks to simulate what happens on TDS, but they just don't seem to work as well. Also, they need, ensemble players to help him. I'm not convinced he could carry the show completely by himself.

I'm still watching, but there's definitely a need for some improvement.
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:27 AM   #5
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This raises the question of how much was John Oliver vs. how much was the writers?
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:39 PM   #6
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This raises the question of how much was John Oliver vs. how much was the writers?
I agree. I do think his show is funny sometimes. I just don't think it's formatted correctly to take advantage of his talents. I know Real Time has been tweaked over the years to improve on the formatting (remember, that show was originally a clone of his ABC show) and it's done well now. So maybe they just have to tweak this show a bit to improve it.
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Old 05-19-2014, 03:43 PM   #7
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I've watched the first two episodes of Last Week Tonight and really enjoyed them. I've liked that they can go a little more in depth into a topic than TDS can, and liked that they've chosen some topics that don't get lots of attention in the US, like the Indian election.
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:04 PM   #8
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I think it's great. John Oliver is showing that he can up with that attitude just fine all on his own.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bml8KwCmob8

It is TDS with no basic cable censorship, but it is different from the Daily Show in that The Daily Show is more politics. JO stayed out of politics until they did the hilarious "only on HBO" ads for the Kentucky primaries.

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Old 05-19-2014, 07:27 PM   #9
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I think the show's been great, and he's been great.

It is similarly formatted to TDS, but like DevdogAZ said, the topics are different.

Jon Stewart is more of a media/political critic, and so far JO has been more issue based.

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Old 05-19-2014, 09:28 PM   #10
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I haven't watched last night's episode yet... I don't think it's TOTALLY a ripoff of TDS. He does some longer segments on this show, and some totally off the wall segments.
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Oops, fixed the title.

I like the show, I'm just surprised how similar to TDS it is. Colbert is similar in format too, but his satire "conservative" take on everything makes it unique. LWT is like what TDS would be like if it were only on once a week and on HBO.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:15 AM   #12
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It's like a mashup of TDS and the Colbert Report since it's a one man show like the CR. The writing isn't as strong as TDS or the CR yet though.
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While I thought the idea of having 97 climate scientists debate 3 skeptics was brilliant, the execution was kind of blah.

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I've watched the first two episodes of Last Week Tonight and really enjoyed them. I've liked that they can go a little more in depth into a topic than TDS can, and liked that they've chosen some topics that don't get lots of attention in the US, like the Indian election.
Of course the last two weeks TDS sent Jason Jones to India to cover the election, so they are covering it too.
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While I thought the idea of having 97 climate scientists debate 3 skeptics was brilliant, the execution was kind of blah.

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Agree. It became a cheap joke.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:21 PM   #16
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I've watched a couple episodes and am about to bail. It's just too 'excited' for my taste. The bit about GM recalling cars, for instance, simply went on way too long. We all got the point after about 60 seconds but he must have ranted for another five minutes. Too much.
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:42 PM   #17
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Just finished the latest episode and I think it's a great, fun, distraction.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:27 AM   #18
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The last episode (6/8/14) was entertaining. Just focusing on the FIFA story for most of the episode is a departure from the Daily Show style. The Assad bit at the end was pretty amusing too.
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The FIFA story was a nice incite that they are just as bad if not worse than the NFL.
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Did I miss the nudity?

I think it is great. Interview sometimes instead of always with TDS.
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Did I miss the nudity?
I haven't seen the most recent episode yet, but a few episodes back they did a fake campaign commercial for Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell which included male nudity.
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I haven't seen the most recent episode yet, but a few episodes back they did a fake campaign commercial for Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell which included male nudity.
Oh, thanks for making me think of that.


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Old 06-15-2014, 04:55 PM   #23
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For whatever reason, I see many more references to John Oliver's pieces on the various topics than The Daily Show pieces. This is probably due to the fact that Oliver can spent much more time on the topic.

For example, Tom Wheeler actually said "I would like to state for the record that I am not a dingo." when someone asked him a question about Oliver's piece on the FCC and net neutrality.

http://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-chairma...m-not-a-dingo/
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For whatever reason, I see many more references to John Oliver's pieces on the various topics than The Daily Show pieces. This is probably due to the fact that Oliver can spent much more time on the topic.

For example, Tom Wheeler actually said "I would like to state for the record that I am not a dingo." when someone asked him a question about Oliver's piece on the FCC and net neutrality.

http://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-chairma...m-not-a-dingo/
It's because Oliver's pieces are on YouTube & sharable and the Daily Show isn't. Once again it shows the benefit of not locking up your content.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:47 AM   #25
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Does this show have a laugh track? I watched the most recent episode and was surprised at how fake some of the audience laughter was.
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Does this show have a laugh track? I watched the most recent episode and was surprised at how fake some of the audience laughter was.
Live audience.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:02 PM   #27
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I've really been enjoying the last few shows. I think they're hitting they're stride.

I also like that it is once a week. I don't have the time to watch the daily show 4 times a week.

No commercials are also a big plus.
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I've been catching up on my Daily shows on VLC at 2x.. Virtually all the humor, about twice as fast (once in a rare while have to skip back to hear a word).
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