‘Last Week Tonight’ Takes a Break from Hiatus for John Oliver to Hate on New Year’s Eve

By December 29, 2014
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In just a couple of days, we’ll be wrapping up the year that was 2014 and looking forward to what the next year will bring. However, former “The Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver and his own show “Last Week Tonight” on HBO wants to remind you that New Year’s Eve is terrible.

“Last Week Tonight” officially ended its first season back in November with a spectacular salmon cannon segment that spanned several networks and even managed to land some fish on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But John Oliver and his crew took some extra time, likely during the filming of the last episode of the year, to riff on just how terrible celebrating the New Year can be. Here’s the online exclusive segment:

As Oliver says, “New Year’s Eve is like the death of a pet. You know it’s going to happen, but somehow, you never really prepared for how truly awful it is.” Sure, there’s plenty of parties to attend and things to do on New Year’s Eve, but can you ever remember a single great thing happening on the night of festivities? More often than not you’re probably struggling to remember anything if you drank in the New Year.

Plus, there’s all the terrible programming on television with various countdowns, bringing back musical acts no one cares about, all while Ryan Seacrest or some other talking mannequin waits for you to get drunk enough not to care what’s going on anymore.

This isn’t just an old man hating on a holiday that youngsters enjoy either. At 28 years old, this year I find myself feeling pretty lackadaisical about the holiday, so much that I might just go to my parents’ house, play board games, eat appetizers and watch movies.

But don’t let John Oliver or anyone stop you from ringing in 2015. If you want to fall asleep at your friend’s house on an uncomfortable couch with a belly full of spinach dip and champagne and wake up with the worst breath ever, kicking off another year feeling like you got hit by a truck, then more power to you.

“Last Week Tonight” returns to HBO on Sunday, February 8th, 2015.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.