NEW YORK (AP) — Not everyone was amused by the John Oliver send-up of a picture book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jury selection is underway for an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and former candidate for governor who's charged in an attempted murder-for-hire plot.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district says a teacher should have asked before reading a picture book about gay bunnies.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Seminole County Public Schools...
Team that spoofed Pence book has new picture story
NEW YORK (AP) — The creative team that brought you the best-selling parody of the Pence family rabbit has a new book coming.
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Voting rights and amigos: The week in Florida politics
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on several proposed constitutional amendments. The following are items of political interest from the past week:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Everything in the closing Blockbuster video stores in Alaska is for sale, except the celebrity jockstrap.
The Anchorage store is not yet selling the jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man" and other memorabilia previously owned by the actor, KTUU-TV reported .
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S.
The stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night and reopen Tuesday for video liquidation sales through the end of August, said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.
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BEIJING (AP) — A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of "Last Week Tonight" and its HBO host John Oliver after he mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping, his apparent sensitivity about being compared to Winnie the Pooh and his country's crackdown on human rights.
Relax, Oliver fans, he’s not really quitting
NEW YORK (AP) — Relax, John Oliver fans. He's not really quitting.
It was all a joke. The host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" said Sunday that he'd achieved all he'd wanted for the show by having an Australian animal hospital's special ward to treat a chlamydia outbreak among koalas named for him.
"Goodbye, forever, everyone," he said as stagehands broke up the set around him. "I regret nothing. I regret nothing. My work here is done."
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A celebrity jockstrap that's been the buzz of Alaska for nearly two weeks went on display Wednesday at one of the nation's last Blockbuster video stores in an effort to ramp up business.
"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting," said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.
He expects the store to get a lot of calls: "Did you get it in? Can we go see it?" he said.
NEW YORK (AP) — After its second week of publication, James Comey's "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" remains a popular book. But the pace of sales has slowed.
The former FBI director's highly anticipated memoir sold more than 86,000 copies last week, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks about 85 percent of physical book sales. NPD recorded more than 300,000 sales for the book's opening week.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — John Oliver of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" is trying to give one of the last Blockbuster Video locations in the world a little help in drawing customers instead of streaming movies online.
Oliver has offered to send the store the jockstrap that Russell Crowe wore in "Cinderella Man" and other movie clothing obtained by the show at a celebrity auction.
Russell Crowe has commended John Oliver for buying his second-hand jockstrap.
The Oscar-winning actor his 54th birthday by holding a huge sale of his belongings, dubbed the 'Art Of Divorce Auction', in reference to his split from wife Danielle Spencer.
Comedian Oliver revealed on 'Last Week Tonight' that the late night show had used a stash of their HBO budget to purchase several items from the sale, including $7,000 for the jockstrap Crowe wore in his 2005 boxing movie 'The Cinderella Man'.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wyatt Cenac, the latest entrant in late-night television comedy with a series that debuts Friday on HBO, took inspiration from John Oliver in his desire to inform along with being entertaining.
Sales multiply for Pence and Oliver rabbit books
NEW YORK (AP) — The past week was a good one for picture books about rabbits.
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- San Antonio Express-NewsKSAT’s Mom Day anchor banter mocked on HBOMay 14, 2018
For the second time in a little more than a year, an Emmy-winning HBO show had fun mocking a San Antonio TV host’s celebration of a special day.
Last March, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” took aim at Esteban Solis, co-host of KABB’s local lifestyle show “Daytime at Nine,” for his clunky attempts to pay tribute to International Women’s Day.
Is the morning news format that fuels Mike Jerrick’s ‘weird uncle’ shtick on its way out?
It was 9:11 a.m. on International Women’s Day when Fox29’s Mike Jerrick asked his coanchor: When was the last time she had sex? That was after he questioned if she’d ever cheated on her husband and just a few minutes after telling his other cohost that he keeps an action figure of her by his bedside so he can “wake up in the morning, open my eyes, and see you.”
John Oliver spoofs Pence picture book about bunny
NEW YORK (AP) — John Oliver has trolled his way to the top.
The HBO host's spoof of a new picture book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence was No. 1 on Amazon.com and out of stock as of midday Monday.
New North Dakota law forbids personal use of campaign funds
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The new year will bring North Dakota a new law forbidding political candidates from making personal use of campaign funds.
The legislation closes a loophole that could have allowed politicians to pocket campaign cash, a prospect that worried many newly elected lawmakers and was even mocked by HBO comedian John Oliver, who in 2015 took aim at North Dakota's oil industry, its allegedly lax regulations and its political system.
John Oliver to deliver his funny rants in 4 shows at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater
John Oliver’s career bloomed before President Trump took office, but it’s certainly been fertile pastures for HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” in 2017.
The British import Oliver, seen previously on Comedy Central, “The Daily Show” and NBC’s sitcom “Community” and heard as Vanity Smurf in two Smurf movies, has a ready standup act, also. And he’ll help Foxwoods Resort Casino close out the year of the Donald with four comedy performances this week at the Grand Theater.
Net neutrality fans speak up as FCC set to strike down rules
NEW YORK (AP) — Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream.
Next week, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on gutting Obama-era rules meant to stop broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.
Hawaii lawmakers used to hearing about potential conflicts
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are used to hearing the criticism that they often vote in their own interests. Most work outside jobs, and bills often come up that could benefit their sources of income.
Trump mocked during New York fundraiser by top comedians
NEW YORK (AP) — Some top comedians — including John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah and Conan O'Brien — helped raise money for military veterans Tuesday night at a raucous event at Madison Square Garden in which many of the best barbs were hurled at the current commander in chief.
Chappelle and Oliver make #DCPublicSchools an internet hit
WASHINGTON (AP) — It started as a fun onstage throwaway line at the Emmy Awards and turned into an unexpected Sunday night flood of attention for the Washington DC public school system.
Comedian Dave Chappelle, a DC native and graduate of the District's Duke Ellington School of the Arts, issued a "Shout out to DC public schools" before he started reading the teleprompter to give out an award.
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John Oliver, HBO give Scranton TV station giant train set
NBC gave Scranton The Office.
HBO and John Oliver of Last Week Tonight, gave Scranton a toy train set.
‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ gets 3-season renewal
NEW YORK (AP) — "Last Week Tonight" is going to last a few years longer. HBO says it has renewed "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" for three additional seasons. This would carry it through at least 2020, with 30 shows presented each season.
The show takes a satirical look at the past week's news, politics and other happenings, as well as addressing broader issues. It debuted in 2014 and is in its fourth season.
This year it is nominated for eight prime-time Emmy Awards.
John Oliver, Jon Stewart to headline veterans fundraiser
NEW YORK (AP) — John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah and Conan O'Brien are headlining this year's Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families.
Hisan Minhaj and John Mulaney are also on the bill for the Nov. 7 comedy event in New York.
Judge declines to dismiss Murray defamation lawsuit
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a defamation suit against The New York Times by Murray Energy Corp. over an April editorial that described the coal mining company as "a serial violator" of federal health and safety rules.
The suit also alleges defamation for saying owner Bob Murray "earned infamy when he falsely insisted that the 2007 collapse of his Crandall Canyon mine, which killed six miners, was due to an earthquake, not dodgy mining practices."
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Coal company sues HBO’s John Oliver for defamation
NEW YORK (AP) — Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a "false and malicious broadcast" last Sunday evening. It's seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment's "defamatory statements."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A colorful, mullet-wearing operator of an exotic animal park who ran as a write-in candidate for president is among a group of Libertarian Party candidates planning to run for Oklahoma's open governor seat in 2018.
Joseph Maldonado, a self-described actor and musician known as "Joe Exotic," says he will join a crowded field vying to become the state's chief executive.
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian opposition activist has been fined for posting a segment from an American comedy show on social media because the Islamic State group's flag was displayed.
It was a rare TV reunion Tuesday as Stephen Colbert played host to a gang of fellow "Daily Show" alums on a special edition of CBS' "The Late Show."
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a rare TV reunion Tuesday as Stephen Colbert played host to a gang of fellow "Daily Show" alums on a special edition of CBS' "The Late Show."
Along with Jon Stewart, former longtime anchor of the Comedy Central fake newscast, Colbert welcomed Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry, all of whom, like Colbert, sharpened their satirical skills and won fans as "Daily Show" correspondents before heading out on their own.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert is hosting a "Daily Show" reunion on his late-night show.
CBS said Wednesday that Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry will join Colbert on "The Late Show" next week.
Colbert was part of Comedy Central's "Daily Show" hosted by Stewart before launching the channel's "The Colbert Report."
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has passed a measure that prohibits the use of campaign contributions for personal use by politicians.
The House passed the bill 75-16 on Tuesday. The Senate passed it 41-4 in February.
The measure also requires politicians to report all expenditures.
BEIJING (AP) — John Oliver won rave reviews for his "Last Week Tonight" interview showing the Dalai Lama in all his candor and wit. Beijing, however, was not amused.
China's foreign ministry on Tuesday said the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader had appeared "deceptive" on the HBO show where he criticized some Chinese leaders as small minded and mocked Beijing's portrayal of him as "a demon."
GREENWICH — Tickets are on sale for a night of comedy in Greenwich.
Late-night comedy rushes in to the Trump era
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO's ads promoting John Oliver on "Last Week Tonight" depict him cowering behind a desk, with the tag line, "Scary times call for a scared man."
Be not afraid. Between Oliver's return Sunday from a three-month hiatus and Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin's stint hosting "Saturday Night Live," this is shaping up to be a big weekend in what has already been a promising start to the Trump era in late-night comedy.
North Dakota bills forbid personal use of campaign funds
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Democrats and Republicans are pushing separate measures to prohibit the use of campaign contributions for personal use by politicians.
Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld to star in benefit
NEW YORK (AP) — More than two years after narrowly escaping death in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, comedian Tracy Morgan is ready to give back, and he's doing it on a huge stage.
The former "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" star will be among an all-star group of comedians for a one-day benefit in New York for children facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.
Comics joke about Trump’s win at environmental benefit event
NEW YORK (AP) — Protecting the Earth may not be a laughing matter, nor, for many Americans, is the outcome of the presidential race.
Even so, comedians including Seth Meyers, John Oliver and George Lopez delivered jokes Wednesday night to benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council. And also to provide those in attendance at the New York event — clearly not a Donald Trump crowd — a bit of solace.
The Montclair Film Festival’s sixth annual benefit will unite two of Comedy Central’s most prominent alums for “Wow, That Was Weird: A Post-Election Evening With Stephen Colbert and John Oliver,” to be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Colbert, Oliver to join forces for film festival fundraiser
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR') and John Oliver will join forces for an event that will benefit a New Jersey film festival.
The Nov. 19 event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark was announced Monday by organizers of the Montclair Film Festival.
They say the duo will discuss their creative influences and the political scene as part of an event called "Wow, That Was Weird: A Post-Election Evening With Stephen Colbert and John Oliver."
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver turned his attention to charter schools and their shortcomings on Sunday night, using Pennsylvania laws and Philadelphia schools as examples of why he believes the institutions are something of gamble when it comes to education.
HBO’s John Oliver causes stir locally and nationally with newspaper segment
In just over two days, John Oliver's funny yet poignant segment on his HBO comedy show Last Week Tonight that offered a defense of the beleaguered newspaper industry has racked up more than 3 million views.
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