FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, comedian John Oliver performs at the 11th Annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit in New York. Oliver’s show, which begins its fifth season on Sunday. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES – John Oliver, is able to joke about President Trump during his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” is a “gift”.
“It is the gift that keeps on giving, such as a fire hose continues to give—you want it to stop,” Oliver told reporters at the 2018 Television Critics Associations’ Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, Monday.
“We try to kind of compartmentalize him on our show,” Oliver, 41, explained. “So that to the extent that we talk about what he has done, we talk about it in the first 10 minutes, and preferably in the first few minutes of that 10 minutes — just so we can say: ‘Yes, we know that he said that thing,’ and that way we can move on to something else.”
Oliver went on to say that he is “wary” of President Trump ” cannibalizing the show,” in which he do not want every episode to focus on the president.
“We try to ensure that the most important story of him, as much as is humanly possible.”
Oliver can deal with things differently than other late-night shows, but he said that he “really” not watching other shows.
“It is so difficult to tend our own garden, I tend to not look at what there is,” he explained.
If Oliver is afraid that he will run out of jokes in the time after President Trump, the comedian simply said, “No.”
“We were busy with the show before he was here,” said Oliver. “His absence was not a problem. He was not a dominant element of humor was crying.”