John Oliver's Last Week Tonight has become a brilliant example of how comedy and satire can be effective for education and for highlighting key issues. I'm quite the fan of the show and naturally I've featured a few of his videos on this blog.
But beyond the amusement factor, he also has had some rather unique television moments that I have no idea how he pulled together things like forgiving a bunch of old medical debt to purchasing advertising time in an effort to educate Donald Trump about current events.
But as much as he has a lot of crazy, ridiculous ideas (complete with balloons, pyrotechnics and marching bands), he also has some really surprising moments that would put some full-time journalists to shame. One of his big surprises was getting an interview with Edward Snowden. And this time around it was an interview with the Dalai Lama.
Dalai Lama: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)