John Oliver Once Had Everyone Walk Out of His Stand-Up Show

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Published on April 13, 2021

John Oliver shares his thoughts on doing his show Last Week Tonight without an audience, describes his experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine and tells a story of when everybody walked out of his stand-up show.

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  • Christopher Weise 8 months ago

    “if he were ever to stumble on this show.” – Seth on Lorne Michaels

    Ahhhh…..to be able to throw that much shade at your Executive Producer.

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  • Jonny Hicks 8 months ago

    Every time they get together there is random references most of their audiences don’t understand

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  • Sebastian Aleksandriytzin 8 months ago

    Wait! He did RHLSTP before the US networks?! Oh my!

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  • Canuckmom1958 8 months ago

    I’d pay good money to have Seth and John just “Chat” with each other for 90 minutes. Comic Gold ! Also…seeing both of them laughing makes me giggle AND makes the World a better place.

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  • Aeslec - 8 months ago

    I don’t think anyone’s adapted so well to an audience-less show as John Oliver.

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  • Inversed Egg Yolk 8 months ago

    Meyers, Oliver, Colbert, and Conan – LEGENDS.

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  • Maja-Danmark 8 months ago

    Do Jim Jordan telling me about Curious George. ….
    And now do it as Doug Collins.
    A trip to nightmares.

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  • 2bescene 8 months ago

    Somewhere a nurse who felt amazing and started to watch Seth show has stopped

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  • Karen Prudhomme 8 months ago

    Absolutely love these two

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  • Annie Warbux 8 months ago

    John sounds like the voice of the guy in the BBC anti-piracy message on their DVDs. “You have either bought, borrowed or stolen. Let talk about that last one..”

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  • juicifer pandora rex 8 months ago

    the new state of late night is the one thing that sorta makes me wish this pannacotta would never end

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  • Vince 254 8 months ago

    🇰🇪❤️

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  • Buckie Smalls 8 months ago

    HBO has saved a lot of money on LWT over the last year, I bet. Yet I have grown to like it better.. John and his team really carry the show..

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  • Sergio Ortiz 8 months ago

    Oliver is really reaching Fallon-esque levels of fake laughter.

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  • Napoléon I Bonaparte 8 months ago

    I’m sure Johnny hired mascots to listen to him doing his bit.

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  • New Message 8 months ago

    BEEN a bird?

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  • Toasted Joe 8 months ago

    “F U business daddy!”

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  • New Message 8 months ago

    Hey.. Lorne might be watching…

    John Oliver’s on, after all.

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  • Lillian Reuben 8 months ago

    0:10
    bed.limo

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  • Beruthiel45 8 months ago

    I judge these late night offerings from the various comedians based on how well they command my attention. I unsubscribed from Fallon when I couldn’t stay awake during his clips. Colbert, Corden, Kimmel and Meyers were favourites, but tonight I nodded off during three separate segments. Sorry Seth, watching two guys sucking up to each other fails to impress. Which is why I stick to the monologues and ignore the guest interviews. Too creepy by half. Someone below compared Oliver to another British entertainer who also had a late show once, Ferguson. Sorry again, Oliver comes up short. Mutual stroking gets very uncomfortable to witness, give it up.

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  • charlygurl87 8 months ago

    A black man with deadlocks in Montana gave me my first shot. Might as well have been a unicorn out here. Thank you Nathanial

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  • rodger Rodger 8 months ago

    We went and saw John live here in the Bay Area ( S.F.). It seems like it was weeks ago, when it was years. He’s even my hysterically funny in person. I’m not sure how you could dislike either of them..

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  • Evan Siwierka 8 months ago

    I’m so curious, do the people who walked out regret doing so now that he is a famous comedian or do they wear it like a badge of honor, that was me who walked out on John leaving him performing to an empty room. Lol.

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  • Margaret Cross 8 months ago

    I was pleased to hear that I wasn’t the only weirdo who got choked up with happy tears when I got my first shot.

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  • SHR3D D3AD 8 months ago

    I🖤John Oliver! Glad he was on!

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  • John Wallencheck 8 months ago

    Most people don’t realize how truly funny that “maybe if Lorne stumbled onto this show” joke really is. Lorne can literally stumble onto Seth’s set. Their studios are next to each other

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  • Cam Fifer 8 months ago

    The only reason why I’d like an audience again for LWT is because I want to be there lmao

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  • Cathy 8 months ago

    Don’t bring back the audiences. We think you’re better without them.

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  • J K 8 months ago

    I always forget that John is now doing his show like Mark Watney saved himself on mars

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  • Maki Burgess 8 months ago

    One time I walked out of a show at the Edmonton Fringe festival, then a few days later, I was at a party and someone introduced me to a cast member and mentioned that he had been in that show. I said, oh, yes, I saw that. He said, “you walked out.” This was a guy I had never met before, but apparently he knew who I was and had noticed me in the audience and noticed that I had left. Very awkward.

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  • Georgia Overdrive 8 months ago

    I still like to watch Johns “Mock the Week” appearances.

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  • Sandra Condo 8 months ago

    I could never walk out on John Oliver. So funny…so kind…rips on everyone that deserves it

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  • Craig Lewis 8 months ago

    I love John Oliver.

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  • Daniel Swan 8 months ago

    John Oliver seems like a really good audience.

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  • S V 8 months ago

    The vaccine stories! Same! I was ecstatic, and the pharmacist thought I was nuts.

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  • Shubhika 8 months ago

    Oh man. I am gonna miss this when the audiences will come back.

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  • jodinsan 8 months ago

    John is worried that America would forget the harsh lessons of the Coronavirus pandemic. I mean he should be, his entire show is about exposing how people forget the harsh lessons of literally everything.

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  • Soup Slop 8 months ago

    Really missed you Seth glad you’re back made my day

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  • pechaa 8 months ago

    I would like to hear the performance that John was giving when his audience walked out.

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  • mug wump 8 months ago

    Seth Myers, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson have kept me sane during the covid lock-down… Long may they continue.. 🙂

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  • Cat Jab 8 months ago

    Rich Little at the Bellagio was priceless.

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  • Stephanie S 8 months ago

    The name of the nurse that gave me my first shot was Rajit. The nurse that gave me the second shot was named Kennedy.

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  • Unmesh L. 8 months ago

    In all these late night shows, the only interviews I watch are of John Oliver, and the chemistry between Seth and John is next level. I mean, I love Colbert, but his John Oliver interviews somehow don’t have this magic.

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  • Princess Coco Chanel and Prince Barack Obama 8 months ago

    My favourite duo. It’s like they are meeting at a bar and having a catch up. All so natural and as John would say ‘objectively funny’

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  • Oigetit Fake News Filter 8 months ago

    John’s reaction at 6:42 is priceless

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  • Arcanine-Espeon 8 months ago

    Of course, John sells himself short by conveniently forgetting to mention that he also voiced Wax Sherlock Holmes.

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  • Matthew 8 months ago

    Seth, those stoner impressions where you took a bong hit were amazing.. Ted Cruz, Tucker Carlson and Lindsay Graham are your next best for sure.

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  • Phil A 8 months ago

    I’ve played gigs where we’ve greatly outnumbered the audience, but a mate of mine played on a cruise ship to 1 guy and at the end of the night it turned out he’d died. #playingtoadeadguy!

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  • Gabo0n VIP3R 8 months ago

    John. You need to have a doctor look at that thing on your lip. Don’t mess around with stuff like that. Really.

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  • TT1 8 months ago

    “I’ve been a bird and I’ve been Zazu!” John Oliver 2021

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  • Calamum Nomen 8 months ago

    British folk have such an odd sense of humor… when I get it, it is absolutely hilarious. When I don’t, it’s legitimately depressing (the edinburgh story, james acaster’s life, etc) or downright confusing (eg: johnny vegas, joe wilkinson types)

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  • Arcanine-Espeon 8 months ago

    I’m really bemused to hear Seth and John say their nurses were surprised that they were happy to be getting their shots.

    I got my first on April 1st. The medical personnel giving my shot, as well as all least one other volunteer or employee, said “how do you feel” and I said my statement I’d been preparing for months: I told them that although needles scare me, “I’ve never been so happy to be stabbed in all my life”
    and they all pretty much went “yeah that’s fair”
    Afterwards I was practically giddy with excitement and, as far as I could tell, everyone around me just seemed to get it.

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  • Judith BG 8 months ago

    And the dimples too!

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  • Adriano Bausch 8 months ago

    He should do more shows!! Never let’s us down .. thx Mr. Oliver!!! Greetz from half Germany, half American

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  • Dr. Mantis Toboggan 8 months ago

    John looks content in the void.

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  • Hans Solos 8 months ago

    JO was funnier before he became an american citizen. Now, he is commonly boring zzzzz

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  • muraalia 8 months ago

    My old choir performed a couple of times to an audience smaller than the choir 😂

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  • Ana Medina 8 months ago

    You have a solo show with John Oliver and you leave? So sorry for you 🤣

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  • BooBunny 8 months ago

    It will be interesting to find out what john looks like if he grows that mustache out.

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  • pseudonym of a nerd 8 months ago

    John complimenting Seth’s impressions was great and so true! The closer look was especially hilarious today, Seth nailed it.

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  • Tht1Gy 8 months ago

    Hey, I’m ‘phobic’ of needles and I was excited to get my J&J shot. I have NEVER been excited to get a shot before.

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  • OUCat Five 8 months ago

    Rich Little at the Belagio … !!! You had me rolling on the floor. I didn’t think either of you were old enough for that line, but here it is and I’m dying. You two really crack me up!

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  • Roger Moores 8 months ago

    Seth and John, the new dynamic duo! More pls.

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  • Christopher Wagner 8 months ago

    This is all refreshingly lucid

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  • KevinNashiscool 8 months ago

    Forgetting your nurses name is a vaccine side effect. Don’t blame Seth! 🤣

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  • 2006glg 8 months ago

    Omg. Two of my most favorite TV ppl.

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  • zapfanzapfan 8 months ago

    Needle… pandemic… one is worse than the other 🙂

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  • Douglas Johnson 8 months ago

    It’s great to have two of my favorites having a good laugh!

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  • JD Faulk 8 months ago

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  • Ebby C 8 months ago

    “…it had something to do with bats, I dunno, they like grapes,…who can stay mad at them?”

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  • Zohra A 8 months ago

    this is what the conan podcast with seth should’ve been

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  • SillyConversations 8 months ago

    John Oliver is so generous with his big laughter. I love it so much.

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  • Miss Mae Flowers 8 months ago

    WHY?!?!?
    I wore a TIARA to my vaccine appointment.

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  • F. Eugene Dunnam III 8 months ago

    I dunno who cares but me, but Rich Little is indeed still playing Vegas. It’s unclear to me if he has ever appeared at the Bellagio however.

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  • Jester J 8 months ago

    No surprise here. Why would you go see john oliver anyways. Might go just to leave. John should start smoking crack he might get funny then.

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  • Mari Fazekas 8 months ago

    I like no audience especially with Seth bc I LOVE just hearing his crew laughing

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  • Wortley constantine 8 months ago

    SARS 1 through 5, COVID 24, AIDS, EBOLA, MERS to 3 , all coincident in genesis with animal cruelty.

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  • zar 8 months ago

    I’m curious if he kept performing after everyone left

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  • Honkytonkified 8 months ago

    His presentations are so well organized and thought out and then he drops the topic to share he wants to molest a memorabilia plate. Who is that evil man sharing his head?

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  • Ava Masquerade 8 months ago

    My reaction to getting the vaccines *(everyone leaves immediately)* was tremendous anxiety and deep breathing. Eventually, I went to the nurse and said “I feel a tightness in my chest” and she was like “uh.. you should probably stop gripping it with your hand then…” Felt like a doofus and went back to work.

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  • ladyvader139 8 months ago

    His porcupine safety officer in Wonder Park is one of my absolute favorites. 🤣

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  • Free Gee 8 months ago

    It would be nice if Seth wouldn’t interrupt his guests.

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  • John L 8 months ago

    I gotta say I love these two guys but I love them even more together. Just great.

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  • j v 8 months ago

    6:39 John so cracked up by Seth’s forgetting the name that hes like curled up… priceless.
    ..and Seth’s look, like yep I got John Oliver.

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  • Scritch 8 months ago

    I thought he said “Alexa” when he was talking about his wife :3

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  • autumnstarrs 8 months ago

    Oh my! I never noticed John Oliver’s completely adorable dimples until now! Now I like him even more. 😍

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  • Mark Letavish 8 months ago

    I think both of their shows are much better without an audience

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  • Toney Tucci 8 months ago

    letting you get away is Lorne’s constant sorrow, Seth

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  • AC3 8 months ago

    There’s so many inside jokes here, I feel like I’m standing next to them at a party and they’re laughing, having a grand ol time,
    and I’m just standing nearby, holding a drink, laughing a little bit at the ones I understand, while all other references are wizzing by my head.

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  • Dan Hitchman 8 months ago

    John’s show works better without an audience interrupting him constantly. He’s more serious too.

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  • Caligula Augustus 8 months ago

    ‘…they like grapes. Who can stay mad at them?’

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  • itookallthenames 8 months ago

    He should name his kid Oscar, only Oscar he’ll get

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  • Frederic Spitz 8 months ago

    The name of the person who gives you the vaccine is on the vaccine card :).

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  • peter g 8 months ago

    pure brilliance from top to bottom

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  • joe di lellio 8 months ago

    Magdalena. Not going to say her last name, don’t want to out her.

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  • Vultan Hawkman 8 months ago

    Oliver Meyers 2024

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  • Mary Rose Kent 8 months ago

    John: Lose the mustache…PLEASE!!!

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  • muadhib001 8 months ago

    I forgot people’s names at work 😂, I will have to look at the schedule or something so that they don’t realize how little I care about them lol im kidding I respect and care about every human being but the truth is that they’re not an important part of my life

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  • Daisy A 8 months ago

    My vaccine passport has the two nurses’ names.

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  • Carlos Robinson 8 months ago

    I wonder if that couple ever got divorced…..?

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  • Randy Schwing 8 months ago

    If you like John Oliver check out Richard Ayoade…you will love him

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  • 661Justice 8 months ago

    “Like Rich Little at the Bellagio” is the “sliced bread” of similes.

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  • Chase Martin 8 months ago

    John laughing at Seth saying he forgot the nurses name gives me second-hand giggles so hard

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  • Justin Shim 8 months ago

    Seth is all “You’re not really a stand-up comedian until you’ve *epically* bombed in that soul-crushing way that makes you doubt your sekf-worth.” And it seems that most stand-up comedians would agree because they *all* seem to have that story about “one time i bombed so bad …”

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  • jessthemuse 8 months ago

    I love when late night hosts have comedians on their shows. It is awesome.

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  • Marie Smith 8 months ago

    Still love Seth, still hate his plaid shirts.

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  • No One 8 months ago

    That must be the craziest thing in the world to be the only person in a room and actually WALK OUT on a performer in the middle of their set. That’s just so painful and uncomfortable to think about.

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  • Erin OBrien 8 months ago

    Edinburgh festival is brilliant but their loss is the States’ gain!! You were fairly humourous on Mock the Week, John. You just rarely smiled mate. You’ve improved like a fine wine 🍷

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  • William H. Baird 8 months ago

    OMG John’s “Nightmare” empty Club story is sobering.
    It’s hard to stay positive after that.

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  • Yanni75 8 months ago

    Seth’s bong smoker routine was also very convincing!

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  • Theory of Mine 8 months ago

    I saw John & Andy Zaltzman in the mid-00s. They did a joke about using reasonable force to defend your home, it was cricket based. I was one of three people howling with laughter in a roomful of Glasgow patrons who didn’t know cricket.

    One of my favourite memories.

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  • Pepper Potts 8 months ago

    Oh, no! Live audiences are on the horizon? Damn. At least John Oliver does not seem excited by the prospect. Seth, James Cordon and John Oliver are head and shoulders above Colbert, Kimmel and Fallon. Those three are awful without an audience. But Seth, John and James have proven their effortless, natural talent as truly funny people. I’m going to miss this format so much 😢

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  • Jason Delarosa 2000 8 months ago

    Seth, any moment now a girl is gonna say “OMGGGGGGG! HAVE DISNEY CHANNEL LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST TOM HOLLAND ON YOUR SHOW! HE’S SO CUTE!”.

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  • Squidfish 8 months ago

    No one gonna talk about the stache??? Cmon Jon WTF, soft core porn future? For real? Get it together, you’ve got a fucking wastewater treatment pant named after you.

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