Why John Oliver’s Anti-Catharsis Comedy Is Political Latenight’s Reigning Template

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver returned Sunday for its ninth season, still the best that political late-night comedy has to offer. Forget the 20-odd Emmys it’s won, including its lock on the talk-show category six years running; Last Week’s cachet and influence are most readily seen in how many of its competitors have emulated its chief innovations: length and depth.

City Naming Sewage Plant After John Oliver

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town’s officials are showing comedian John Oliver what they think about his expletive-filled rant about their city — they’re naming the local sewage treatment plant after him. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced the tongue-in-cheek move in a video posted on his Facebook page on Saturday that shows him at the plant. […]