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John Oliver Replaces His Usual Deep Dive With 15 “Shallow Dives”

Even John Oliver took a vacation this holiday weekend, but for fans of Last Week Tonight, Sunday wasn’t a complete dud. The comedian released a Web exclusive that replaces his usual incisive, deep dive into a neglected topic with a lightning round of “shallow dives.” These quippy treatments of subjects like dogs and bagels might not be the most hard-hitting, but it’s hard to argue with assertions like “ostriches: scary horse birds—I don’t like them—get away,” and “Sloppy Joes—they’re just drunk hamburgers.”