Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Bob Murray Dance Number
November 11, 2019 2:24 AM - Season 6, Episode 29 - Subscribe

Oliver discusses frivolous SLAP suits, re-tells the history of his legal spats with the owner of the 'largest private coal company in the country', and ends up with a spectacular "Eat Shit, Bob" dance number (Starting at 29:00)
posted by growabrain (11 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I just LOVED the piece. The bit with the hot dog cart and then the "Zodiac killer" made me laugh so hard I cried.

I hope they do not get in trouble for this.
posted by M. at 4:12 AM on November 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'm so glad you got this post up!! I just watched the clip and the musical piece was utterly amazing.

I found the majority of the show quite serious, but it laid the groundwork perfectly for the ending musical number.

I've always loved John Oliver for speaking truth to power. This piece truly shows his values. So thankful HBO supports him. Their whole team did such a good job with this.
posted by cynical pinnacle at 3:46 PM on November 11, 2019 [3 favorites]

Has anyone seen a transcription of the lyrics? Looked after the show aired and there was bupkis online. And the HBO closed captioning on that segment was laughably bad.
posted by drfu at 6:29 PM on November 11, 2019 [3 favorites]

Yes, found it in the comments on YouTube. Not sure about the legality of pasting it here?
posted by M. at 8:26 PM on November 11, 2019

That musical number was potentially the most glorious "fuck you" I have ever seen.

I've also always loved that John Oliver is so willing to sing, despite not having much of a singing voice.
posted by orange swan at 8:48 PM on November 11, 2019 [3 favorites]

M.: a kind soul on reddit has posted them!

Pretty sure it’s okay to link to that... right?
posted by drfu at 9:33 PM on November 11, 2019 [5 favorites]

Broadway musical fans may recognize the interrupting lawyer as Brian d'Arcy James.
posted by dnash at 9:14 AM on November 12, 2019 [3 favorites]

"He doesn't like Tom Hanks" is seriously epic trolling. It's entirely possible not to like Tom Hanks. I understand completely how someone might object to "Bosom Buddies". Good luck in court, Bob Murray.
posted by Quonab at 12:12 PM on November 12, 2019

I knew I recognized that lawyer--thank you for that!

I was honestly amazed that he sang as well as he did. Truly impressive; that is so hard to do when it's not your comfort zone. He is a true performer.

It was so great to hear that they could finally talk about the lawsuit, and that they won. But I cracked up when John mentioned how very tired they make the lawyers. Sad to see, as well, that my state was one of those without anti-SLAPP laws. Considering we're the home of Amazon and Microsoft, I guess it shouldn't be surprising.
posted by kitten kaboodle at 12:13 PM on November 12, 2019 [2 favorites]

The person who said "I want to do this verse as a barbershop quartet of squirrels" is a genius. But the person who said, "Fine, but the bass is going to be a ventriloquist-dummy-squirrel" is dangerous.
posted by Etrigan at 1:40 PM on November 13, 2019 [7 favorites]

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