The Year’s best John Oliver Takedowns

No nefarious institution is safe while the British-born host of Last Week Tonight is on air. This year, John Oliver took on everything from the sugar industry to payday loans to prosperity gospel preachers. He’s a comedian, but he’s also one of the clearest cultural critics out there. Yes, his segments usually come peppered with strong language and edgy punchlines, but they always deliver cringe-inducing truth. Here are three of the late-night host’s most important takedowns from 2015:

Prosperity gospel preachers
“Robert Tilton, Kenneth Copeland and other pastors of their ilk have been taking advantage of the open-ended IRS definition of the word ‘church’ and procuring a litany of tax breaks.”

State-sponsored lotteries
“Lotteries are bad for losers, often bad for winners and a pretty compromising way to assist state budgets. … It would be a little strange if the state was in the liquor business [and was] advertising it by claiming that every shot of vodka you drink helps school children learn.”

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Immigration visas
“Those like me and most Americans who would like some kind of immigration reform have our voices drowned out by … a lot of opinions unsupported by documentation. Let’s call them undocumented opinions.”

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