John Oliver, host of the HBO comedy show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, has begun to incorporate real, hard-hitting journalism to his late night show, according to salon.com. With other comedy hosts stars such as Colbert, Stewart, O’Brien and others already incorporating a comical take on current events, Oliver is taking a step further in regards to the extent of his journalistic reporting and unique takes on events.
For example, the subject most recently targeted by Oliver has been the Miss America scholarship program. He discovered that the program promises $42 million in scholarship funds, but does not give away all the money it promises. After Oliver and his team investigated, they found that in 2012, it was only registered that less than $500,000 was actually spent, and of that money, it only went to one contestant. He has also addressed issues with gender pay equality, anti-gay laws in Uganda and politics involving the World Cup.
Oliver not only has performed true, in-depth reporting on these issues, but as you’d expect, he also offers a comical take. He questions and calls out the ones he deems guilty, but does so in a satirical, hilarious stance.
All of this may be well and good, but what is really making noise is that Oliver is causing change. After his episode addressing the scholarship scandal, the pageant received $25,000 in two days.
Oliver has writers in both the New York times Magazine and ProPublica on his writing staff, so real-world journalist along with Oliver are taking on real-world topics of debate and adding a comic view which so far has proven to be a winning success.