John Oliver talks llamas, Ray Lewis and the greatness that is Herman Cain
Moving on.... You mention in your act how you're incredibly thankful for conservatives, that they can be kind of crazy and seem to perpetually provide you with material. But recently some politicians on the right, like Bobby Jindal, for example, have spoken up saying their party needs to be less extreme and less "stupid." My question is: Are you concerned that conservatives could become more sane and therefore give you less material to work with?
I'm not concerned about that. I still think they don't quite see it. I still think there are going to be enough snafus from them over the next few years. I don't think it's a concern that either side is going to suddenly not provide anything worth comically commenting on.
One of the politicians you specifically cite as a good outlet for your material is Herman Cain, who's also one of my favorites as well....
Yep. Not just as a politician, as a human being. That man is a sensational human being. He's the greatest person to ever run for president and maybe desperately not want to be president at the same time.
Well, I think what disappointed me most when he suspended his campaign was the fact we weren't going to be able to hear any more post-alien apocalyptic addresses to the United States. That was one of my all-time favorite Daily Show moments. Was it one of yours as well?
Yeah, it was phenomenal. When he looked into the camera and said "citizens of Earth," that is the closest I've been in six years of working here of just laughing out loud. I was having to bite the inside of my cheek not to ruin that moment. I couldn't believe what was happening in front of my face. It was incredible. In fact, we went straight back to the office and were loading the tapes in and I just had to check that the thing that happened was the thing I thought had just happened, which was that he actually looked straight into the camera and addressed an alien invasion. He is an amazing man.
He truly is. Anytime you can do that and intertwine Pokemon in your speeches as a politician running for presidency of the United State of America, it immediately places you in the elite company of amazing people.
He just loves attention. But unfortunately attention is both his oxygen and his Kryptonite. So, it's difficult. It's difficult for him. It's both your greatest laugh and the thing that is going to ultimately destroy him.
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