John Oliver’s fireworks bit is explosively funny

Even on vacation, John Oliver is on-point.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Jul 7, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 12:20 am CDT

John Oliver, whose HBO hit Last Week Tonight took last week off, won’t let something like a little hiatus stop him from reporting on the past week’s biggest news story.

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Despite everything Oliver could’ve possibly predicted, he stuck with the utterly predictable this time around: Independence Day “or, as they call it where I’m from,” says Oliver, “the Day of Colonial Aggression.” And, of course, it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks.

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And so, with excruciating detail, Oliver described what was probably your Fourth of July weekend fireworks experience, from the parking hell to the explosive finale.

All that’s needed is a mention of our inability to watch fireworks without having our phones out and it’s a perfect picture.

Photo via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 7, 2014, 11:03 am CDT