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Serious laughs

Last week, after having my evening loudly and repeatedly interrupted by my partner laughing, I asked him what he was watching. John Oliver.

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John Oliver in a recent ‘Last Week Tonight’ episode on payday loans. Via the Last Week Tonight channel on Youtube.

Oliver’s a reporter who’s also a fantastic comedian. Unlike a lot of news-based comedians, his interest is in getting the information across with some humour to help it hit hard. If you haven’t seen him at work before, take a look at his payday loans takedown to see what he does so well:

If you’re already familiar, check out Salon’s fantastic review of Oliver’s work. The author pins exactly why Oliver’s great, and he’ll send you in the direction of some great episodes along the way.

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