Best HBO Talk Show: 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' or 'Real Time with Bill Maher'?
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Best HBO Talk Show: 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' or 'Real Time with Bill Maher'?

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Both John Oliver and Bill Maher are political talk show powerhouses, delivering scathing and hilarious content to their viewers every week. In only four seasons of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver has quickly risen to the top of the political satire game. But veteran politico Bill Maher is still eviscerating critics on HBO's "Real Time." Which political talk show is your favorite? 🗣

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Combining hard-hitting journalism with side-splitting satire, John Oliver has risen as an undisputed political talk show heavyweight. His show "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" dominated at the Emmys—winning four out of the eight categories for which the show was nominated—and HBO announced it would renew the show for an additional three seasons through 2020.

Oliver got his big break when he joined "The Daily Show" in 2006 as Jon Stewart's main sidekick, co-writer, and Senior British Correspondent. In 2014, HBO launched the first season of Last Week Tonight, and Oliver quickly surged to the forefront of political satire for his epic monologues covering everything from the death penalty to net neutrality to FIFA.

After a successful three seasons, fans waited in anticipation for Oliver's fourth season, where he would be covering politics in the age of Trump... and John Oliver did not disappoint. He opened his fourth season with a scathing takedown of President Trump's complicated relationship with the truth and "the concept of reality itself."

"Since taking office... Trump has made it clear that reality is not important to him. Think about it. He's exaggerated the size of his inauguration crowd. He said the election was marred by mass voter fraud with no real proof of that. He also falsely claims that compared to Muslims, it was almost impossible for Christian refugees from Syria to get into the U.S. He even lied about the weather during his inauguration [...] So that is where we're currently at. We have a president capable of standing in the rain and saying it was a sunny day."

Watch the full monologue below:

But political satirist and HBO veteran Bill Maher is also a stellar talk show host. His show "Real Time with Bill Maher" has consistently been one of the highest-watched Friday cable shows, averaging around 1.5 million viewers each week, according to the Nielsen Company.

After ABC canceled "Politically Incorrect" in 2002 over Maher's controversial comments about 9/11, Maher was given the opportunity to host, co-produce and co-write for "Real Time" on HBO in 2003. Known for throwing punches at both sides, and welcoming controversial figures like Milo Yiannopoulos and Julian Assange on his show, Maher has never been afraid to go where other hosts won't.

Maher did find himself in hot water when he dropped the n-word on his show last year, but soon apologized and took a beating from Ice Cube and Michael Eric Tyson the next week. Love him or hate him, Maher is certainly not afraid of the lion's den.

While Maher spends a majority of his time ripping into President Trump and Republicans, one of his greatest rants was aimed at liberals who deemed Hillary Clinton "the lesser of two evils."

"One hundred days, it's such an arbitrary number... [but] I will say this about a hundred days. It does give us enough evidence to ask those liberals who couldn't bring themselves to vote for Hillary because she was the lesser of two evils... quite a bit lesser, wouldn't you say now? And no, this isn't about reliving the last election or about my great love for Hillary which never was, it's about winning the next election. And that begins with learning the difference between an imperfect friend and a deadly enemy."

Watch the full monologue below:

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