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John Oliver is surprisingly fed up with April Fools’ Day

Will you take John Oliver's "No-Prank Pledge?"


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Mar 30, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 5:05 am CDT

Last Week Tonight is taking a break this week, so John Oliver turned to YouTube for his latest hard-hitting takedown. This week’s topic? April Fools’ Day.

For most people, April Fools’ is either a fun opportunity for pranks or a mild annoyance, but John Oliver seems to hate it with a fiery passion.

“Anybody who claims to be excited for April Fools’ Day is probably a sociopath,” he says, before railing against the pointlessness and idiocy of the holiday.

Who knew a comedian could have such a deep and abiding hatred of pranks?

We’re inclined to think that Oliver is being a little harsh, although he did fail to call out one of the most irritating culprits on April Fools’ Day: “fun” pranks from brands. They’re the worst.

Screengrab via Last Week Tonight/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 30, 2015, 8:56 am CDT