John Oliver vows to push aside distractions in the Season 5 teaser for HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” but that might be easier said than done.
The brief trailer (above) begins with a voiceover promising a focused season “in a world consumed by breaking news," but before the narrator can even finish his first sentence Oliver interrupts him to read off a bunch of crazy headlines blowing up his phone.
“ISIS won Powerball?” Oliver asks incredulously. “Who sold them a ticket?”
The 2014 Stern Show guest, Emmy-winning talk show host, and live-action "Lion King" cast member in fact breezes through a string of satirical headlines, including ones about an anti-Semitic chipmunk, opioid-addicted kittens, the return of Harambe, and a Twitter spat involving Grammy-nominated musician and Stern Show regular Jewel.
This isn’t the first time Stern Show listeners have witnessed Oliver cover a wide range of topics, of course. In 2014, he and Howard discussed a variety of fascinating subjects during his Stern Show debut, including John’s upbringing, his early days doing stand-up in British pubs, how Ricky Gervais helped him land a job as a correspondent on Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show,” and why he ultimately took his talents to HBO. Get more of John and Howard’s interview here.
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” returns for Season 5 on Sunday, Feb. 18 on HBO. Watch the official trailer (above).