7 Indisputable Ways You Know You're A True John Oliver Fan
There was a time, about a year and a half ago, when Sunday night was the most dreaded time slot of the week (well, next to Monday morning). It was a bygone era in which Americans would make desperate attempts to extend their weekend by going out dancing or starting a multi-season Netflix marathon at 9 p.m. on Sunday night, both of which they'd regret horribly the next day. But then, something miraculous happened. On April 27, 2014, a little show called Last Week Tonight premiered on HBO, and it would change Sunday nights forever. The host, a wry Brit named John Oliver, who many knew from his role as a correspondent (and temporary host) on The Daily Show role, singlehandedly turned Sunday into a weekly destination. If you look forward to Sunday nights now, that might be one of the most significant signs that you're an Oliver fan. But there are many more.
Anyone who's seen even one clip of Oliver in action knows that he's hilarious, whip-smart, and intimidatingly accurate. The man is inimitable. But aside from being an utter delight, Oliver also does a great service for this country — and it's not even his original country. Each week, he and his team investigate a very necessary issue, and expose glaring flaws in our society that many either overlook or are not aware of entirely. Many of his segments have been so powerful that they've led to actual change. If journalists are supposed to be the last watchdogs of our society, then Oliver is a captain.
As if that weren't impressive enough, Oliver has embedded segments with the most sidesplitting analogies mankind has ever witnessed, like calling the IRS the "anus of our country." Honestly, he could read the encyclopedia entry for lithium and make it hilarious. In fact, even if that's all he did, I would still impatiently wait for Sunday night to come around. Here are seven other ways to know you're a true John Oliver fan.
You Start To Look At Everything In The World In Terms Of Oliver-Like Analogies
You look at your sandwich, the line at the post office, your obnoxiously loud neighbors, or literally everything else in the world in terms of analogies now. "This turkey and cheddar sandwich I'm having for lunch is kind of like Donald Trump; tasteless, and slightly too orange." That's not doing Oliver any justice, but you get the point.
You've Started To Ask "How Is This Still A Thing?" When Thinking About Lots Of Things
Oliver has asked that very question regarding Daylight Saving Time, Columbus Day, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Now, you look at everything from lima beans to the Insane Clown Posse to your ex-boyfriend and wonder the same thing.
A British Accent Is Now A Requirement When Searching For A Partner
OK, maybe it's not required, but it is strongly recommended. At the very least, they have to be able to fake one.
You Read The News And Wonder What Oliver Would Think
Just like how you always go to your best friend first for dating advice, you wish you could text Oliver any time you read about current events and ask, "Are you seeing this, John? What do you make of this?"
You Saw That High School Pic Of Oliver And Totally Swooned
You'd join the AV club to be next to that.
You've Taken A Passionate Interest In The Topics Oliver Has Covered
Now, when you spot a crack in a bridge, you feel compelled to call 311 and report it, and that's thanks to Oliver's segment on infrastructure. You used to drink pumpkin spice lattes, but now they taste like candles to you. And you definitely only buy locally-farmed chicken.
You Could Probably Watch That Clip Of Oliver Dancing To "Turn Down For What" On Repeat For A Month Straight
Because it is the best thing that's ever happened to you.
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