Last Week Tonight's John Oliver knows that one of the best ways to make a point is to use a mascot. He learned this trick from Japan. Japan uses mascots to make issues and entities more relatable and, some might argue, terrifying. In America on a comedy news program hosted by a British guy who used to be a fake correspondent on The Daily Show, mascots are comedy gold. But which are the best and funniest John Oliver mascots and character costumes?
Sex geckos lost in space? Meet Last Week Tonight’s Horny Space Gecko. Want to show love for Scotland so the country won’t break off its union with England? Bring out the Scottish Independence Unicorn to show just how much you care.
Many of Last Week Tonight’s mascot characters are now part of pop culture. Just like Japan’s beloved antler/boy Sentokun, there’s no reason why Creepy Baby with Hulk Hands Wearing a Tutu won’t be in the next Olympics or Senate panel hearing for the HHS. Or at the very least a party at Charlie Sheen's house.
Other Last Week Tonight mascot characters have a life of their own as well. Jeff the Diseased Lung in a Cowboy Hat has become a symbol of anti-tobacco and has spread around the world. Hoots the NSA Owl keeps an eye on you from Twitter, space, and a van outside your house. Taryn the Tinder chicken has been swiped right more times than Britney Spears. LWT puppets explain what’s wrong with America’s prison system through song.Which of the Last Week Tonight characters are the most compelling, hilarious, and on point? Upvote the best and don’t forget to pick up your Justice Department Scales the Blind Iguana plush toy in the gift shop after you're done.
Real Animals Fake Paws Supreme Court
Because cameras aren’t allowed in the Supreme Court, Oliver makes the argument that using real animals with fake paws to recreate arguments heard in the Court would be both adorable and educational and actually make the American public care about real Supreme Court cases (jump to 2:50).
Cornelius the Illuminati Pyramid
The Department of Treasury mascot has some mad street dance skills. Watch Cornelius dance on point at 7:18.
Creepy Baby with Hulk Hands Wearing a Tutu
Health and Human Services definitely became more interesting and a lot more terrifying with Creepy Baby. It’s got its eye on you. And just might get its huge Hulk hands on you too if you aren't careful.
Red-Tailed Hawk, Official Raptor of Last Week Tonight
When the red-tailed hawk was rejected by the New Hampshire state legislature as the State Bird, Last Week Tonight gladly made the predator the official raptor of the show. Oliver seems terrified of the bird, which can grab its prey in mid air and rip it apart, but the animal seems quite appropriate for a show that isn’t having anyone’s bulls*t.