A HOST OF REA­SONS TO MISS TONY

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Co­me­dian John Oliver is dis­ap­pointed Tony Ab­bott is no longer Aus­tralia’s Prime Min­ster, be­cause he was such out­stand­ing joke ma­te­rial.

Oliver (above), host of US news satire show Last Week Tonight, has dipped into Aus­tralian pol­i­tics for jokes on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, but sees Ab­bott as hav­ing left a void.

“It was with some re­gret that I saw Tony Ab­bott — the bea­con of com­edy that he is — de­part,” Oliver says, clearly also rel­ish­ing the political shift.

In his first sea­son of Last Week Tonight, the Daily Show reg­u­lar roasted the then Aus­tralian PM.

Hav­ing been named as one of Time Mag­a­zine’s 100 most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple, Oliver has been hailed in the US for re­ceiv­ing political cut through, and tak­ing cur­rent affairs and so­cial jus­tice is­sues to an au­di­ence not nor­mally en­gaged in news.

With sea­son three be­ing fast-tracked to Aus­tralian screens this Mon­day, Oliver says the show will dab­ble in the process of the US elec­tion — but that the de­par­ture of Tony Ab­bott doesn’t mean Aus­tralia is in the clear.

“I’m al­ways watch­ing for Aus­tralia … we’re al­ways look­ing for Aus­tralia,” he says.

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, COM­EDY CHAN­NEL, MON­DAY, 6.30PM

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