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John Oliver Takes On Barnaby Joyce And Johnny Depp’s Dogs, And It Is Fucking Wonderful

In retaliation, he's going to shoot a koala in the face. "Yippee g'day, motherfuckers."

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John Oliver mentioning Australia in any way triggers the kind of rapturous nationwide response you see in small towns when Tim Bailey comes to do the weather — it’s all anyone talks about for a long time afterward. His takedown of Tony Abbott is now the stuff of legend, and his announcement that he’s coming to tour in Australia went off a few weeks ago.

Combine that level of attention with the truly wonderful spectacle last week of Barnaby Joyce threatening to kill Johnny Depp’s dogs, which inspired some incredible takes if I do say so myself, and you have yourself a rolled gold Last Week Tonight segment for the ages.

It’s extraordinarily difficult to pick out the best moment from those six beautiful minutes — for my money, it’s the sentence: “the amount of loathing and contempt he feels for that glassy-eyed Muppet donkey is incalculable.”

Oliver’s call for Australia to take back all our shitty exports like Rupert Murdoch, Russell Crowe and Vegemite is understandable, but I draw the line at “shit Australian music,” because, hold on John Oliver, Midnight Oil are fucking great. Peter Garrett’s a working man’s rock icon, ya gronk.

Incidentally, he didn’t mention Iggy Azalea in that list of things to deport from the US, but he should have.┬áLay off our Peter, Oliver. You bloody galah.

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