The Sunday night edition of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver ended up being Last Squeak Tonight.
On last night’s broadcast of Last Week Tonight, homeownership was the major theme. Yet he made a joke that folks under the age of 35 would never buy a house and wrote a whole new episode on Chuck E. Cheese for that group session.
John Oliver Trolls Viewers Under 35 & Tells Them To Watch “Last Squeak Tonight”
Although Oliver’s joke may seem lighthearted, it really touches on a serious problem facing today’s younger individuals: the inability to afford a house owing to increasing property prices and mounting student loan debt. The economy as a whole may be affected since real estate is often seen as a substantial investment.
During his discussion about home ownership, Oliver criticized the televised talent show The Voice for producing forgettable winners. Although there have been victors, he said, none have achieved widespread notoriety.
“Our main story tonight concerns home ownership, so if you are under 35, honestly, this story isn’t for you,” Oliver stated. “It’ll never be for you. You will never own a home. Sorry, that is the deal that you made when you decided to be born after 1988.”
Oliver kept going, “We didn’t want you to feel left out so we’ve actually prepared a full alternative story for you tonight about Chuck E. Cheese, a different crumbling American institution that you should go on and watch instead.”
“Sure, there are technically winners but name a single one. This show has been on for consecutive 15 years and not a single winner is a household name,” he made a point. “Seriously, tell me the first and last name of just one winner — you can’t, no one can.”
The segment, named “Last Squeak Tonight,” ran for 25 minutes, as the HBO Max host said. Oliver encouraged people to watch the show online, and you can do it right here.
About John Oliver
John William Oliver is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and TV host who was born in the United Kingdom. He began his career in the United Kingdom as a stand-up comedian.
From 2006 until 2013, he was the show’s senior British correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he gained widespread American recognition.
The first episode of Oliver’s satirical late-night talk program, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, aired in 2014. HBO renewed its first two-year deal in 2015 (through 2017), 2017 (through 2020), and 2020 (through 2023).
With HBO’s ad-free membership model, Oliver claims he is afforded complete creative freedom, including the ability to criticize businesses. As a result of his work on the program, Oliver was included in Time’s 2015 list of the “100 Most Influential People.”
During the 77th Annual Peabody Awards in 2018, Last Week Tonight was awarded in the “Entertainment” category for “bringing satire and journalism even closer together.” The show has also been honored with five WGA Awards and 26 Primetime Emmys.