John Oliver: Enjoy the Abyss, America!

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: John Oliver. attends the John Oliver New York City Stand Up Comedy Tour Taping at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on October 25, 2009 in New York.(Photo by Brad Barket/PictureGroup)

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After losing the visionary Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show has been leaning heavily on scathing comedians like Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, John Hodgman and this UK import, who just landed his own stand-up show to add to his recent blind deal with Paramount Pictures. It couldn’t have happened to a better brainiac. I interviewed Oliver for Wired, and it was good. And funny. Especially the part where he counsels our fading American empire on how to get over itself. And fast.

New Series Thrusts Daily Show’s John Oliver Into Comedy Spotlight You’re English. They used to screw up the world, and now just cash in when we do it. Any advice for the United States’ keeling empire, which, as you explain in the show, has been vomiting on its shoes this millennium?

Oliver: Losing an empire is an art form in itself, and it’s very easy to do badly. Try not to struggle too much; just relax and enjoy the fall. There is a quiet dignity to a well-executed plunge into the abyss, like Bill Murray’s suicidal swan dive in Groundhog Day. That’s easy for you to say. You’ve already done it.

Oliver: Enjoy the view as you are hurtling past China, towards the humiliating void of becoming only the second most powerful nation on Earth. You’ll be fine; it’s actually a relief when you realize that people don’t just automatically blame you for everything anymore. And you’ll simultaneously realize how much fun it is going to be blindly blaming China for everything. MORE @ WIRED

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