Robocalls: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • Robocalls are a growing problem. If only we could make the FCC care a little bit more about fixing it.
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  • Waggish Sagacity
    Waggish Sagacity 10 timmar sedan

    Many years ago, when answering machines (remember them?) were ubiquitous, a caller to NPR, I think, complained that sales people interrupted her family dinners. I wrote a letter to NPR: "Why does she not buy an answering machine" etc.? Nowadays, I DON'T get robocalls. Why, because, when caller does not leave a message, I don't pick up. See? Simple! Try it at home. Even your cell phone has a voicemail thingy, did you know that? Good luck: Works great for me.

  • Adéla Pafková
    Adéla Pafková 10 timmar sedan

    Can't they just block the number?

  • Alissa Purplebunnies
    Alissa Purplebunnies 10 timmar sedan

    "Johnny's acting up" and "I bet I'm gona get some spicy jars in the mail about that"

  • Alissa Purplebunnies
    Alissa Purplebunnies 10 timmar sedan

    Wait what's wrong with calling a tea salon Neverland it flew over my head 😂

  • Aaron Gibbs
    Aaron Gibbs 12 timmar sedan

    Most calls I recieve nowdays re robocalls. I even get them coming from my own number like twice a week.

  • Ulquiorra Cifer
    Ulquiorra Cifer 12 timmar sedan

    That robocall with the guy sounded like a real person. I probably would have been fooled.

  • anthony kellam
    anthony kellam 13 timmar sedan

    Your writers deserve pay raises!!!!

  • Gerardo Flores
    Gerardo Flores 14 timmar sedan

    did you yourself feel such a mystical vibration ...

  • Herotimes The Undertale Player

    Man do they have an orchestra playing all this music? I wanna be in it.

  • Galfin 01
    Galfin 01 15 timmar sedan

    Why not try

  • aneebaba06
    aneebaba06 16 timmar sedan

    I get ones that are in Chinese - i heard these scammed Chinese Americans as they thought the govt was after them and since they are scared that they might actually get in trouble back home, they gave the money etc.

    I have the Pixel 3, so now i use the screening feature and they usually hang up right away.

  • Joe V
    Joe V 16 timmar sedan

    ONE Lesson here: do NOT EVER gives WELLS FARGO …..ANY BUISNESS AT ALL.....they're thieves

  • SpartanF8
    SpartanF8 16 timmar sedan

    Blocking numbers helps, no call lists help and setting your phone to only accept known numbers

    • Js M
      Js M 13 timmar sedan

      SpartanF8 It doesn’t work if you are expecting a call back from a doctor or someone that you may not know the number.

  • J.Y. Demir
    J.Y. Demir 16 timmar sedan

    At least someone's calling me.. Don't get rid of them

  • C T
    C T 17 timmar sedan

    Why am I crying

  • Taylor Adair
    Taylor Adair 18 timmar sedan

    I have terrible anxiety, and these calls have started so many panic attacks. I don’t understand how it’s legal.

  • Kevin Lee
    Kevin Lee 19 timmar sedan

    He needs to reduce the interval between calls from every 90 minutes to every 3 minutes

  • Jackalofdeath
    Jackalofdeath 23 timmar sedan

    what sort of sad fucking people worship this ugly little jew he looks like a rat

  • Fact Check
    Fact Check Dag sedan

    You forget Obsma the disaster

  • jv7x
    jv7x Dag sedan

    John Oliver is a god damn national treasure!

  • Jesse Slaughter
    Jesse Slaughter Dag sedan

    I am genuinely impressed with how John Oliver has progressed in fake news,
    Let that sink in

  • Girl Etherial
    Girl Etherial Dag sedan

    Did anyone else think his call to action at the end sounded like, "Russia... If you're listening...."? Hmmm. As I'm writing this, the Mueller report was delivered to Barr, so maybe that's just on my mind....

  • Angelene Parr Ramos

    Can someone please make a meme of John saying “cool”? That was the best.

  • Matthew Britton
    Matthew Britton Dag sedan

    Can you please share the phone numbers of all the FCC Goobers?

  • Dee Tree
    Dee Tree Dag sedan

    Oliver is great. I wish news Anchor's in general followed his model.... this mf can make fun of himself, his fans and his sponsors while making realistic suggestions fans can do to help support something beneficial, or to troll d.bags in public office not listening.

  • Eileen Chon
    Eileen Chon Dag sedan +1

    got a robocall while watching this video -.-

  • Gnome Queen
    Gnome Queen Dag sedan

    Fuck the FCC

  • NittanyTiger1
    NittanyTiger1 Dag sedan

    When I was in debt to the hospital due to being disabled before my SSI was approved, I was getting debt collector robocalls so often that I set a personalized voicemail message telling them not to call back, let the robocallers fill up my voicemail box on purpose, then just shut my phone off because I was under so much stress then that I was liable to snap.

  • SKvid
    SKvid Dag sedan

    You are great

  • Hugh Orr
    Hugh Orr Dag sedan

    The best is, 'Dont hang up...'

  • Jack Siegel
    Jack Siegel Dag sedan

    As I'm watching this, I get a robocall

  • IntrovertedExtraterrestrial

    They are so annoying. One time my grandma got a call that said she needed to give a certain amount of money to get her son out of jail, but here's the thing, he's the under sheriff.

  • LarryHovis
    LarryHovis Dag sedan


  • samsnow1984
    samsnow1984 2 dagar sedan

    should've just given their phone numbers so we could all call them :)

  • strungoutboy21
    strungoutboy21 2 dagar sedan

    I've gotten robocalls about getting a life alert necklace and I'm in my 30's.

  • Jacob S
    Jacob S 2 dagar sedan

    Thankfully Andrew Yang wants to tackle them. #Yang2020

  • The Dolly Llama
    The Dolly Llama 2 dagar sedan

    this is funny as heck, thank you so much for existing

  • Nikhillesh Sadassivam
    Nikhillesh Sadassivam 2 dagar sedan

    Address buried - 348 W 57th. Street, #301, New York 10019

  • Dovey Dossett
    Dovey Dossett 2 dagar sedan

    Love you, dude. But the raunchy Stuff felt really gratuitous and unnecessary in this episode. Don't be infantile just to be infantile.

    JOHN E BOB 2 dagar sedan

    I virtually stopped all the Robo Calls I got by getting an air horn and blasting it when I got a "Scam Likely" call. 😁

  • Dierdri716
    Dierdri716 2 dagar sedan

    There’s no use to blocking the numbers, they just generate a new one.

  • xlar54
    xlar54 2 dagar sedan

    Hold the telecom companies responsible. If a number can be spoofed, someone fucked up. Fine Verizon or ATT 1 billion dollars for every falsified number. Shit will change real quick.

  • qawi hall
    qawi hall 2 dagar sedan

    I love how John Oliver does less shows than the other late night to save money and spend it on the most stupidest yet funny props and skits

  • Ryan Curry
    Ryan Curry 2 dagar sedan

    John Oliver, the hero the world needs but doesn’t deserve

  • Manda Days
    Manda Days 2 dagar sedan

    I found the address: 345 W 57th Street, #301, New York, NY, 10019

  • Kye W
    Kye W 2 dagar sedan

    its ok i dont answer the phone

  • Wangnan Zhong
    Wangnan Zhong 2 dagar sedan +7

    Oliver: pulls out giant props.
    other late night show host: neither we are crazy nor we had the John Oliver's budget

  • PeterVintonJr_Art
    PeterVintonJr_Art 2 dagar sedan

    Terrified to Google the word "watermeloning" now...

  • Zhargida Beoulve
    Zhargida Beoulve 2 dagar sedan

    The issue is not the calls, but the fact that I can't tell a real person to go fuck themselves: I would enjoy triple the unsolicited calls per day if I were afforded this luxury; I might even buy the cat insurance they're usually selling.

  • Carver
    Carver 2 dagar sedan

    You Fox!

  • Reaven Veaceslav
    Reaven Veaceslav 2 dagar sedan +9

    Huge reason why spam calls are awful for me: I have to answer random phone calls because I'm 'on call' and it could be important patient stuff. And if I'm dealing with spam calls, I could miss or delay something that was actually important.

    "Don't pick up" is a bad option when you have people dying

    • tifforo1
      tifforo1 12 timmar sedan +1

      A less extreme version of this happens to people who are applying for jobs.

  • rubystarrs
    rubystarrs 2 dagar sedan

    It worked! 11 days after this video was originally posted and AT&T and Comcast have announced caller authentication programs being released.

  • Redstone Casey
    Redstone Casey 2 dagar sedan +14

    John Oliver is the very definition of "Chaotic Good".

  • konschti's aural pleasure

    I didn’t even know that a problem like this exists but I’m also an European where this is just illegal. No strings attached it’s just not allowed except if you call a customer service and instead of waiting you want them to call back. That’s done by a robot. Kind of cool if your government acts in your interest most of the time, isn’t it? ;)

  • Karen
    Karen 2 dagar sedan

    I got a robocall while watching kidding!! I had to buy a CPR Call Blocker to reduce these calls just a bit! Thanks JOHN!!

  • Katie Oberst
    Katie Oberst 2 dagar sedan

    I get upwards of 5 calls a day about my debt that I can't pay cuz I'm on SSI. I only answer my phone if I recognize the number these days.

  • MrMentalrevolution
    MrMentalrevolution 2 dagar sedan

    USA is weird. *From Europe

  • Adam
    Adam 2 dagar sedan

    If I get a call from someone I don't know, I know it is a scam, so I immediately try to sell them a a bag of dicks. One of these days I'm gonna find a buyer for this big ol bag. One time I reverse tracked a scam call center.and called every phone line they had pushing my wares. They blocked me :/

  • BluetexasTrucking
    BluetexasTrucking 2 dagar sedan

    Lol awesome John you are a hero!!!!

  • Andrea Wetherald
    Andrea Wetherald 2 dagar sedan

    Got a robo call while watching this. Sigh.

  • IFCGaming
    IFCGaming 2 dagar sedan

    Scammers are like:
    So the FCC will let me be and let me be me so let me scam...

  • wbrenne
    wbrenne 2 dagar sedan

    In Germany, robocalls are fined with up to 300,000 €. This has pretty much eliminated the problem.

    • wbrenne
      wbrenne 2 dagar sedan

      (just as any cold call)

  • Sai S
    Sai S 2 dagar sedan

    Hahaha.. Johns expressions are pure gold and that robo laugh was some spooky shit..

  • Luther Mason
    Luther Mason 2 dagar sedan

    I'd love to have the FCC place hefty fines on all of these telecommunication providers that allows Robocalls access on consumer's landlines and cell phones limitless 24/7. Force them to foot the bill since they use my phone more than I do!!!

  • Ownuts
    Ownuts 2 dagar sedan

    13:09 perfect reaction

  • António Lencastre
    António Lencastre 2 dagar sedan

    This dude has te biggest nuts of the internet! :D

  • Bridget Bee
    Bridget Bee 2 dagar sedan

    “(Laughs) There is a live person here” is prime uncanny valley **shivers**

  • Desert Aria
    Desert Aria 2 dagar sedan

    Uff I'm sorry americans have to deal with this, I can't imagine how annoying these must be. The 30 years I lived in EU, the number of sales calls I received are in the single digits and even those I hated getting ( ´ ▽ ` )

  • Drew Cross
    Drew Cross 2 dagar sedan

    Install youmail, set blocking to maximum or non-contacts and don't allow private numbers. Sure, I have to add people to my contacts if I want them to be able to call me, but that is a minor distraction when I meet new people vs the daily distraction of robocalls.

  • will segen
    will segen 2 dagar sedan

    o'rielly: Phone: 1-888-225-5322; et al

  • Chance Whistler
    Chance Whistler 2 dagar sedan +1

    This is not a robo comment.
    Haha. Bet you didn't know that was a thing....

  • Bob Stevenson
    Bob Stevenson 2 dagar sedan

    348 W 57th. Street #301 New York, NY 10019
    You don't even have to be autistic to find it..

  • Bob Stevenson
    Bob Stevenson 2 dagar sedan

    This show always brings up interesting issues, but the host is painfully unfunny.

  • Lilac Rose
    Lilac Rose 2 dagar sedan

    Shit weasels 😂😂😂

  • I'm ALIZArd
    I'm ALIZArd 2 dagar sedan

    Got a robo call while watching.

  • BrutalxTruth
    BrutalxTruth 2 dagar sedan

    Woah! @7:12 That's crazy! My SSN is FUCK SHIT FUCK - COCK TWAT - TAINT JIZZ SHIT COCK!

    What are the odds?

  • Jae Lee
    Jae Lee 2 dagar sedan

    Ajit Pai is such a fucking loser. The type that actually tries to pick up women at the bar with corny dad jokes.

  • Alexander Senatore
    Alexander Senatore 2 dagar sedan

    What a wasteful episode

  • Dawn O'Friel
    Dawn O'Friel 2 dagar sedan +2

    Oh, there are no words to fully express how much I love that he gave the FCC a big dose of this plague. Way to go, John Oliver! You rock!

  • zara h
    zara h 2 dagar sedan

    Please do a piece on the upcoming Indian elections. PLEASE! 🙏

  • Neeraja Balachander
    Neeraja Balachander 2 dagar sedan

    Bloody brilliant

  • TJ Lydon
    TJ Lydon 2 dagar sedan

    You are the GREATEST!!! I have thought about doing the same thing to the companies that call me just so I can tie up there lines. But I don't think that works anymore since it's a computer calling you, they can probably have 10,000 calls going at once.

  • Thabiso Moloko
    Thabiso Moloko 2 dagar sedan

    I wish I had Thanos' glove and all the infinity stones...i'd throw the moon at Ajit pai's face.

  • Ariel Miner
    Ariel Miner 2 dagar sedan

    I’m Ajit pai I like penis in my mouth yeah

  • Gal Dagon
    Gal Dagon 3 dagar sedan

    "Slang for when magicians shoot heroin" amazing.

  • Andrew Flowers
    Andrew Flowers 3 dagar sedan

    I'd like the FCC to post the business phone numbers of every scammer that they've ever received a protest for. ;)

  • Melissa Henriquez
    Melissa Henriquez 3 dagar sedan

    the hero we need, truly

  • Jillian Bresnahan
    Jillian Bresnahan 3 dagar sedan

    What pisses me off if not that I could get scammed, but when fake companies are calling people who don’t know any better and scamming them into thinking they are going to be deported, arrested for IRS discrepancies, or visa issues. I can’t fathom how many people have been scammed into giving these scammers money, their SSN, or their personal info. Breaks my heart.

  • Maura Aldera
    Maura Aldera 3 dagar sedan


  • Richard Freeberg
    Richard Freeberg 3 dagar sedan

    Finally something I can watch without throwing up and actually laugh about our current horror show cum reality TV reality ...

  • Lauren Goff
    Lauren Goff 3 dagar sedan

    The FCC must really hate John Oliver XD

  • spookydonkey513
    spookydonkey513 3 dagar sedan

    I can’t be the only person who thinks ajit pai has the face of a simpleton. He looks like a cross eyed cousin fucker.

  • spookydonkey513
    spookydonkey513 3 dagar sedan

    I’m a cantalouper man myself 😉

  • papson85
    papson85 3 dagar sedan +16

    It's crazy, i learn more from John Oliver, a comedian than the news journalist!

  • Panda skate & Stuff
    Panda skate & Stuff 3 dagar sedan +2

    You should make an episode about the adpocalypse and the SEclips algorithm

  • bob smith
    bob smith 3 dagar sedan

    love that FFC chairman any of the O-DUMBbutt guys or gals did any better...and they had 8 whole years of NO one talking shit to them each day

  • Kris Kanyon
    Kris Kanyon 3 dagar sedan

    Used the wrong finger on that giant hand to press the button.

  • Persephone Hana
    Persephone Hana 3 dagar sedan +1

    Please tell me they actually did it....

  • Des Troya
    Des Troya 3 dagar sedan

    Haha pee pee poo poo jokes. Plus he said "fuck"

  • Emily Mayhew
    Emily Mayhew 3 dagar sedan

    I got three robocalls during this video.