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. You can also head on over to our list of more shows like Last Week Tonight.
Red-Tailed Hawk, Official Raptor of Last Week TonightWhen 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.419Agree or disagree?
Cornelius the Illuminati PyramidThe Department of Treasury mascot has some mad street dance skills. Watch Cornelius dance on point at 7:18.230Agree or disagree?
On one episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tried to wrap his head around the exploding prison population and the broken prison system. Incarceration rates are so high, it became the topic of an episode of Sesame Street.Oliver got help from some LWT puppets in order to figure out just how warped things are, through song of course. The puppet bit starts at 14:23 and Oliver demonstrates that he has a decent singing voice.3513Agree or disagree?
Creepy Baby with Hulk Hands Wearing a TutuPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BYHealth 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.3818Agree or disagree?