John Oliver's Most Emmy-Worthy Moments

On Sunday, John Oliver and the crew of HBO's Last Week Tonight were rewarded for their groundbreaking work in comic journalism by receiving a trio of Emmy Awards. And we're sure those won't be the last trophies that the series will receive their work in exposing corruption, injustice and the absurdity of American life in humorous ways.

Here's a look back at some of Oliver's most Emmy-worthy moments since the program began in April 2014.

1. Emmy Award Speech

Oliver didn't take the night off for the Emmys. During his post-win interview, journalists pressed Oliver to comment on the state of American politics. When asked what he planned to do to stop Republican nominee Donald Trump from becoming president, Oliver pointed out the hypocrisy of American immigration laws.

"What am I going to do personally?" a flabbergasted Oliver remarked. "Well, I can't vote. I'm on a green card, so I'm experiencing taxation without representation. Which was annoying when we [the British] afflicted it on them [Americans]. Now I get it...I'm sure I will comment at length over the next two months as we dance on the lip of a volcano."

2. Trump Double Take

Oliver was pressed about the election because he's become one of the harshest and best-researched critics of Donald Trump. Last March, Oliver weighed in on the 2016 election by debunking the top myths that The Donald's supporters believe: that Trump is honest, he's self-funding his campaign, he's tough and he's successful. After going through Trump's record, Oliver concludes that the nominee is really nothing more than "a litigious, serial liar with a string of broken business ventures and the support of a former Klan leader."

But Oliver wasn't done with Trump. That same month, he revealed The Donald is also bad at math. Oliver's second Trump feature exposed inconsistencies and contradictions in Trump's estimates for the wall he's proposed to build between America and Mexico. "We calculated...that this could conservatively cost $25-billion -- excluding the cost of maintenance and [buying] the land under it." So the American economy could be Trump's newest broken business venture.

3. D.C. Statehood

Oliver isn't the only resident of America feeling disenfranchised this year. People living the nation's capital - Washington, D.C. - are also taxed without proper representation. Residents don't get to elect anyone to the American House of Representatives or Senate, yet Congress has the power to overrule the District's lawmakers on issues ranging from gun control, to access to abortion, to recreational marijuana, which D.C. voters approved back in 2014.  

4. Journalism

Winning an Emmy was a huge gain for "Last Week Tonight" as well as journalism in general, which Oliver sees as being in danger because people no longer want to pay for news. And that's a bad thing, he insists, because seeing more struggling newspapers and magazines close means that America has fewer people keeping politicians honest. And Oliver puts the blame for that on all of us.

"The truth is, a bit part of the blame for this industry's dire straits is on us and our unwillingness to pay for the work journalists produce. We've just grown accustomed to getting our news for free. And the longer we get something for free, the less willing we are to pay for it. And I'm talking to you, the person watching this on YouTube using the wi-fi from the coffee shop underneath your apartment..but sooner or later, we are either going to have to pay for journalism or we are going to pay for it." 


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