The Best of John Oliver on The Daily Show

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: John Oliver takes over as summer guest host of
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: John Oliver takes over as summer guest host of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on June 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Comedy Central) Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

After his acclaimed summer as temporary host of The Daily Show, we called John Oliver the show’s heir apparent. A couple of months later, we were proven wrong, as Oliver got a gig on HBO. Still, the sentiment was right: Oliver’s track record on The Daily Show made you want to see what he’d do with a show of his own. So, with Last Week Tonight set to premiere this Sunday, here’s a look back at what exactly made his time on The Daily Show so special.

October 2008: Oliver reports from the presidential debate on Long Island, fully embracing the local culture.

April 2009: Oliver reports from a tea-party rally, feeling like they are underrating just how oppressive the British rule was.

February 2010: Oliver talks to Republicans who traveled to Hawaii to discuss fiscal responsibility.

July 2011: Oliver plays the part of the Dodd-Frank Act, singing an updated version of “I’m Just a Bill,” but reflecting how terribly it’s been treated.

September 2013: Oliver plays Sir Archibald Mapsalot III, the man responsible for drawing the country borders of the Middle East without regard to tribal allegiances.

April 2013: Last Spring, Oliver did an incredible three-part series on gun control. Many consider it his masterpiece on the show.

June 2013: Oliver takes on the Paula Deen scandal.

June 2013: Oliver discusses the strike down of key parts of the Voting Rights Act.

July 2013: Oliver talks Anthony Weiner’s second sexting scandal. “Carlos Danger” really was his muse all summer.

August 2013: Oliver, whose wife is an Iraq War veteran, interviews Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about sexual assault in the military.

The Best of John Oliver on The Daily Show