I’ve been watching John Oliver’s new HBO show Last Week Tonight since it started airing in April, and every single week has been thirty minutes of fiendishly witty satire. I like his perspective. He definitely isn’t afraid to pack a punch where it’s needed, and he always does it with a smile. I have to say, too, that his segments are always informative and never cheap, in case you were skeptical.
Like his great teacher in satire Mr. Jon Stewart, Oliver references pop culture whenever he can to drive a point home to his audience, and the episode from a couple Sundays ago in particular featured prevalently my kind of pop culture.
He compared a militaristic photo of the coup leader in Thailand to a David Lynch film (complete with “Kyle MacLachlan and a tiny dancing man in a red suit”), apologized for the lack of Game of Thrones on the air but assured fans that there are plenty of countries today that still have issues with royalty, and demonstrated the effects of pandering by Skyping with George R. R. Martin and bringing out Steve Buscemi to—yes, that’s right—tap dance.
What a show for a huge fan of David Lynch, George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones, and Steve Buscemi tap dancing…
Apparently, I am John Oliver’s precise target audience.