A HOST OF REASONS TO MISS TONY
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