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(YouTube)   The very first episode of 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' is out and it's as awesome as you thought it would be   (youtube.com) divider line 58
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2014-04-28 07:47:59 PM  
As an Oregonian, I was rather amused by the spot-on "Cover Oregon" satirical ad...

/ what a cluster**ck
 
2014-04-28 07:57:59 PM  
The Indian election segment was legitimately interesting.
 
2014-04-28 08:02:57 PM  
It was good, and I will watch it again, but it wasn't awesome.

It may become awesome over time.
 
2014-04-28 08:03:27 PM  
Ooh. Thanks for reminding me. I need to watch it.
 
2014-04-28 08:11:13 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: It was good, and I will watch it again, but it wasn't awesome.

It may become awesome over time.


That was my impression of it as well. But right now I'm more confident that it will get better than I am worried that it won't. I think he's just feeling it out and trying to learn what the show wants to become. Parts of it felt a little like he was trying to remake The Daily Show, and he needs to get away from that. The second half was much better than the first.
 
2014-04-28 08:17:20 PM  
It took The Daily Show and The Colbert Report a decent amount of time to find their grooves. It won't live or die by its first episode.
 
2014-04-28 08:17:31 PM  

Pocket Ninja: JasonOfOrillia: It was good, and I will watch it again, but it wasn't awesome.

It may become awesome over time.

That was my impression of it as well. But right now I'm more confident that it will get better than I am worried that it won't. I think he's just feeling it out and trying to learn what the show wants to become. Parts of it felt a little like he was trying to remake The Daily Show, and he needs to get away from that. The second half was much better than the first.


He definitely picked it up in the second half.  The one thing I noticed is that it went on and on with no commercial break.  I'm used to The Daily Show and it's weird to get a full 30 minutes (ish) of political comedy.
 
2014-04-28 08:19:44 PM  
That was good.
 
2014-04-28 08:22:40 PM  
Half an hour of week old news?   Bwahahahaha  thnxI'llpass.
 
2014-04-28 08:28:13 PM  
Who knew the McLaughlin Group was still on? I figured they all would have died by now.
 
2014-04-28 08:30:16 PM  

kronicfeld: It took The Daily Show and The Colbert Report a decent amount of time to find their grooves. It won't live or die by its first episode.



True, but what I've see so far is a good start.
 
2014-04-28 08:31:22 PM  
it was good, i just felt like i was watching an episode of the daily show without jon stewart. I def. had a good couple of laughs though!
 
2014-04-28 08:52:31 PM  
Really? No one is going to the Photoshop challenge that was issued last night a go?

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-28 08:55:09 PM  

Psykorgasm: Really? No one is going give to the Photoshop challenge that was issued last night a go?


FTFM
 
2014-04-28 09:00:47 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Pocket Ninja: JasonOfOrillia: It was good, and I will watch it again, but it wasn't awesome.

It may become awesome over time.

That was my impression of it as well. But right now I'm more confident that it will get better than I am worried that it won't. I think he's just feeling it out and trying to learn what the show wants to become. Parts of it felt a little like he was trying to remake The Daily Show, and he needs to get away from that. The second half was much better than the first.

He definitely picked it up in the second half.  The one thing I noticed is that it went on and on with no commercial break.  I'm used to The Daily Show and it's weird to get a full 30 minutes (ish) of political comedy.


He seemed to use the insert segments in lieu of commercials in order to keep similar pacing to TDS. If it was thirty minutes straight though of him behind the desk, it would probably seem to drag.
 
2014-04-28 09:02:50 PM  
"First we have to deal with Gandhi. And I realize that's not the first time that sentence has been spoken with a British accent"
 
2014-04-28 09:05:26 PM  
It's good.

But, it's the Daily Show With John Oliver.

I'm hoping he can find his own thing as it goes on.
Otherwise, you'll see him back on CC hosting the 11:30, 2nd half of the new Daily Show come 2015.
 
2014-04-28 09:07:31 PM  
Not bad. It was obviously a Premiere episode, sometimes not in a good way - it's obvious that he's not quite sure how to do this sort of a job on a channel where he can swear as much as he want, so that came off as pushing too hard. The Oregon segment was hilarious and the India segment was genuinely interesting. The NSA/Interview was meh - there were times I was sure that it was really poorly edited and the whole interview was somewhat clunky. (Ended great, I'll give it that.)

Glad it's on Youtube, hope the rest will be too. I'd be quite interested in keeping an eye on this, even as I've stopped watching TDS and Colbert Report a few years back (new job meant staying up past 11pm was not great and didn't have a way of taping shows for a few years, combined with wanting to spend my time away from work somewhere other than in front of a computer screen). It looks promising.

Time will tell.
 
2014-04-28 09:13:03 PM  

Virtual Pariah: It's good.

But, it's the Daily Show With John Oliver.

I'm hoping he can find his own thing as it goes on.
Otherwise, you'll see him back on CC hosting the 11:30, 2nd half of the new Daily Show come 2015.


Fair assessment.

Will it be posted to youtube every week?
 
2014-04-28 09:14:41 PM  
The NSA, the only Government Agency that listens. . .

/saved the interview
//Mr Tiddles didn't do it for me
 
2014-04-28 09:16:50 PM  

kronicfeld: It took The Daily Show and The Colbert Report a decent amount of time to find their grooves. It won't live or die by its first episode.


The Colbert Report was actually better in its first year than it's ever been.
 
2014-04-28 09:20:32 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Pocket Ninja: JasonOfOrillia: It was good, and I will watch it again, but it wasn't awesome.

It may become awesome over time.

That was my impression of it as well. But right now I'm more confident that it will get better than I am worried that it won't. I think he's just feeling it out and trying to learn what the show wants to become. Parts of it felt a little like he was trying to remake The Daily Show, and he needs to get away from that. The second half was much better than the first.

He definitely picked it up in the second half.  The one thing I noticed is that it went on and on with no commercial break.  I'm used to The Daily Show and it's weird to get a full 30 minutes (ish) of political comedy.


That's why they did the "And here's John McCain doing the same line 6 times". There was a second, too; it works as a sort of break, even if the show doesn't stop.
 
2014-04-28 09:24:19 PM  

kronicfeld: It took The Daily Show and The Colbert Report a decent amount of time to find their grooves. It won't live or die by its first episode.


Colbert gave us the word of the freaking year on his very first episode. It didn't need time.
 
2014-04-28 09:28:56 PM  

Snapper Carr: "First we have to deal with Gandhi. And I realize that's not the first time that sentence has been spoken with a British accent"


I think that was the first line that made me laugh out loud,

It was a good start for the show and I am hopeful about its development
 
2014-04-28 09:30:06 PM  
It was good, but, I didn't see much to differentiate it from the Daily Show, other than no real "guest" and no commercials since it is HBO.

Again, not a critique really, but, HBO just wanted to do the Daily Show, and plucked the fill-in host to do it.  It will probably fair better than Joan River's attempt at that though.
 
2014-04-28 09:30:19 PM  

m3000: kronicfeld: It took The Daily Show and The Colbert Report a decent amount of time to find their grooves. It won't live or die by its first episode.

Colbert gave us the word of the freaking year on his very first episode. It didn't need time.


The very first episode was probably Colbert's best full show of its run. He had better segments interspersed among the years, but nothing can touch the first one for an entire show. I still laugh when thinking about his headline reading challenge with Stone Phillips.
 
2014-04-28 09:33:18 PM  

Snapper Carr: "First we have to deal with Gandhi. And I realize that's not the first time that sentence has been spoken with a British accent"


That got the biggest laugh from me.
 
2014-04-28 09:54:31 PM  
I loved the fact that since the show has no corporate sponsors, they didn't have to worry about poking fun at Kellog's, Coca-Cola and Pom Wonderful.
 
2014-04-28 10:05:32 PM  
I'll echo the 'good but not great' comments.  There were some awkward moments, but I also liked the Indian election coverage.  The Oregon bit and the interview both felt subpar to me.
 
2014-04-28 10:05:45 PM  

dletter: It was good, but, I didn't see much to differentiate it from the Daily Show, other than no real "guest" and no commercials since it is HBO.

Again, not a critique really, but, HBO just wanted to do the Daily Show, and plucked the fill-in host to do it.  It will probably fair better than Joan River's attempt at that though.


So, better than Chevy Chase, not as good as Magic Johnson?

Likely to last longer than Piers Morgan did on CNN?
 
2014-04-28 10:22:40 PM  
The wife and I will definitely keep watching. It won't take long for Oliver to carve out a slightly different niche. But it's worth mentioning the primary reason he was Stewart's fill-in - Oliver was the primary writer for The Daily Show. No surprise that his own show will start by following that general format.

dletter: It was good, but, I didn't see much to differentiate it from the Daily Show, other than no real "guest" and no commercials since it is HBO.
Again, not a critique really, but, HBO just wanted to do the Daily Show, and plucked the fill-in host to do it.  It will probably fair better than Joan River's attempt at that though.


Hell, that made it more like the Daily Show - Oliver is far better known for correspondent interviews than for interviews at the desk.


Virtual Pariah: Otherwise, you'll see him back on CC hosting the 11:30, 2nd half of the new Daily Show come 2015.


In that case, I think the best thing that could happen is expanding The Daily Show to a 60-minute format with two "anchors" at the desk. Oliver would be the straight-man news reader (and general beehive poker), and Stewart will provide the heavy-punchline color commentary for the news segments. This will also allow time for a correspondent segment every episode, not just 1-2 per week. They could even bring back some of the older breakaway bits (like This Week In God). Then the show can conclude with Stewart doing the desk interview (which he often says is his favorite part of the show).
 
2014-04-28 10:27:36 PM  

Snapper Carr: "First we have to deal with Gandhi. And I realize that's not the first time that sentence has been spoken with a British accent"


His accent sounds a lot like Rimmer's.

/a solid start, will watch again
 
2014-04-28 10:34:34 PM  
Zzzzzzzz.
 
2014-04-28 10:34:49 PM  
Felt like I was watching the Daily Show, especially during the interview.
 
2014-04-28 10:39:56 PM  
I've never found Jon Stewart to be that funny, though I respect his passion, but  he has a tremendous record bird dogging talent, and Oliver was great this summer.
 
2014-04-28 10:58:56 PM  

GonzoNihilist: Half an hour of week old news?   Bwahahahaha  thnxI'llpass.


It's a comedy show. The concept is you enjoy the jokes they make about the news.
 
2014-04-28 11:00:34 PM  
I like John Oliver's delivery much better than Jon Stewart's.
 
2014-04-28 11:20:22 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: dletter: It was good, but, I didn't see much to differentiate it from the Daily Show, other than no real "guest" and no commercials since it is HBO.

Again, not a critique really, but, HBO just wanted to do the Daily Show, and plucked the fill-in host to do it.  It will probably fair better than Joan River's attempt at that though.

So, better than Chevy Chase, not as good as Magic Johnson?

Likely to last longer than Piers Morgan did on CNN?


As a direct comparison, HBO's other News/Politics/Humor show, Real Time with Bill Maher, is better, but Bill has been doing his show for a long time.  Oliver's show seems like it will skew more towards the humor side than political commentary, which is good, because it needs to differentiate itself   I think given time it will work out.
 
2014-04-28 11:42:47 PM  

GonzoNihilist: Half an hour of week old news?   Bwahahahaha  thnxI'llpass.


That doesn't bother me at all. Most of his segments didn't seem to me to involve "news of the day" stuff that would be stale tomorrow. Not everything that's going on is what cable covers that day.
 
2014-04-28 11:44:28 PM  
That was better than I'd feared after reading some of the comments here...
 
2014-04-28 11:56:45 PM  

Pumpernickel bread: Felt like I was watching the Daily Show, especially during the interview.


I'll just pile on to that sentiment.  The first episode really was a bit like the Daily Show with a guest host and no censor.  That said, there were a few places where there were differences, and having a full half hour rather than 22 minutes means the show can go a bit more in depth at things.

I think the differences are going to increase as the show goes on, simply because they can get away with things on a premium channel that even cable will balk at.  Even if it stays mostly the same though, it certainly wasn't bad.  I'll be watching regularly.
 
2014-04-28 11:57:54 PM  
It was okay, but it was no 1/2 Hour News Hour.
 
2014-04-29 12:01:52 AM  

killzoe: I loved the fact that since the show has no corporate sponsors, they didn't have to worry about poking fun at Kellog's, Coca-Cola and Pom Wonderful.


yeah that was what really stood out to me. no worries about going after corporations.
 
2014-04-29 12:17:38 AM  

Hobodeluxe: killzoe: I loved the fact that since the show has no corporate sponsors, they didn't have to worry about poking fun at Kellog's, Coca-Cola and Pom Wonderful.

yeah that was what really stood out to me. no worries about going after corporations.


That is true... although HBO is a Time Warner channel, so, if a company got ticked off, there are plenty of places they could pull advertising.
 
2014-04-29 12:19:07 AM  

DrBenway: It was okay, but it was no 1/2 Hour News Hour.


You're right. I actually laughed a few times at this.
 
2014-04-29 12:41:45 AM  
As someone who works in tv I will say that one head on camera angle is going to get old real fu(king fast.

It will be interesting to see how it develops.
 
2014-04-29 02:11:43 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: As a direct comparison, HBO's other News/Politics/Humor show, Real Time with Bill Maher, is better,


Maher is terrible.  He should be doing drive-time talk radio in a fourth-tier market.
 
2014-04-29 02:46:34 AM  
I'm watching the extended Gen. Alexander interview right now. It's extremely unfunny, and I now understand why they chopped it so heavily before putting it on the full show. But it's also a great interview in general, and you can tell he did his homework and he's not just interviewing an unpopular person to disagree with him. I see potential here.
 
2014-04-29 02:54:11 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: TuteTibiImperes: As a direct comparison, HBO's other News/Politics/Humor show, Real Time with Bill Maher, is better,

Maher is terrible.  He should be doing drive-time talk radio in a fourth-tier market.


He had a great thing going around 2005 or so.  Give or take a few years.  But then he just became a talking head.  Kinda sucks because he was the anti-FOX and anti-MSNBC for awhile, with a real talk show to boot.  I'm kinda disappointed in him.  For a time he was the champion for the true independent.  But then he go his whole G W Bush boner on and its been down hill from there.
 
2014-04-29 03:49:38 AM  
I didn't see it. Does "awesome" mean liberal?
 
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