“I’m shooting this at home, alone, with no one else in the room. So you won’t hear any laughter tonight,” began John Oliver. “Please don’t feel that at all awkward—it certainly isn’t for me, though I started comedy doing stand-up in England, so I am more than used to doing jokes to silence.”
Following a one-week hiatus, the Last Week Tonight host returned for his first “official” episode since the COVID-19 lockdown’s left most Americans indoors, practicing social distancing to help prevent further spread of the virus.
And rather than tee off on, say, irresponsible cable-news anchors, the comedian dedicated the majority of his half-hour show to President Trump’s downright dangerous novel coronavirus response.