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The smartest joke on John Oliver’s brand new show got no laughs — just like he planned

Thanks to his alleged success filling in for Jon Stewart this past summer, John Oliver landed himself a brand new The Daily Show-style show on HBO. Last Week Tonight lasts half an hour — just like The Daily Show — but thanks to the business model of its corporate host, it doesn’t need to pause to pay the bills.

Even though Oliver gets the benefit of thirty minutes uninterrupted, trying to fit a full week’s-worth of news into that slot can be challenging. Oliver devoted the first few minutes of his show — viewable in its entirety here — to the usual suspects, like Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling (although that pair probably has an altogether different conception of “the usual suspects”), before — somewhat unexpectedly — proceeding to a detailed dissection of India’s ongoing Presidential elections.

Oliver focused on the candidacy of Narendra Modi, and particularly on allegations that he bears some share of responsibility for religious riots that killed approximately 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, over ten years ago. Oliver made an earnest case for why Americans and their media “should care about this story”:

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