John Oliver's Quest For U.S. Citizenship Culminated In An "Utterly Petrifying" Citizenship Test

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The host of "Last Week Tonight" on HBO, John Oliver, passed his citizenship test but not before being shaken to his core by questions like, "what is your phone number?" #Colbert #LastWeekTonight #JohnOliver
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11 Feb 2020



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Edward Hyde
Edward Hyde Vor 2 Tage
seriously, you would give up being a citizen of the UK to join a country that wanted Trump as their Head of State????? Needs a psychiatric evaluation not a citizenship test
Carol Slade
Carol Slade Vor 5 Stunden
Dual citizenship
Velbu Vor 7 Tage
I did my interview last year and I finally became a US Citizen on 4/26/2020 in St Louis, MO. As a naturalized citizen I feel so proud and happy. The ceremony was great, they make you feel very well, such a welcoming moment. I feel so lucky to have lived those moments in my life, something hard to explain. If you ask me the best moment is when you know that the big oath is getting closer and closer. I wish Natural Born Citizens could feel what I felt at the ceremony, words can not explain it. They gave us a very nice envelope with great information about the USA, a letter from the president,etc. (whether you are a Democrat or a Republican the letter is awesome) Such a great moment in our lives. de-vid.com/video/video-IJEcoEuVlzo.html PS- I am still working on my English, it is harder when you move to another country and you are 31.
Binx Vor 9 Tage
It makes me depressed to this day that Not a single person INCLUDING COLBERT recognized when he said "Thank Ya'll"
partsgeriausias Vor 9 Tage
Its hard to me to imagine why the hell an English person would want to move and live in the US
Tero Munakas
Tero Munakas Vor 11 Tage
0:45 wow nice trickshot by John Oliver
A M Vor 12 Tage
Its crazy how many cheesy hosts in a suit, behind a desk, with a skyline background, on a 'late' show are on US telly
Kelly B
Kelly B Vor 14 Tage
uhh,,idiot..u didnt get here like Eddie Murphy..
Ellen Black
Ellen Black Vor 14 Tage
You have enough money for health care ,obviously.
Margot Gulliford
Margot Gulliford Vor 15 Tage
I wonder if he regrets his new citizenship in 2020?
Weirdo 4HGSA
Weirdo 4HGSA Vor 17 Tage
#YNWANATION for life
Shreya Patnaik
Shreya Patnaik Vor 21 Tag
"Just ask India" got me howling XD
Gio Vor 24 Tage
yeah John we agree on the fact that America is not at its best right now. Too many left-wingers have inundated our free country.
Janay Pattillo
Janay Pattillo Vor 28 Tage
The image of 8 year-old John Oliver going to Anfield in full kit just in case the team needed him is indescribably adorable
adrish basu
adrish basu Vor Monat
uk does have john bull
ClassicWorld19 Vor Monat
To all TV hosts: Pleeeease learn that England is one country in the U.K. When referring to Brexit (or other such things), it's the U.K. Thank you!
razor edge
razor edge Vor Monat
Christo Guichard
This guy is unknown here in the U.K.
Youtube person
Youtube person Vor Monat
Colbert’s show is exactly the same with or without an audience cause they laugh at hardly any of these jokes
Genesis Perez
Genesis Perez Vor Monat
John Oliver is out here exercising his 2nd amendment rights with that T-shirt gun 😂
Suhas Mahesh
Suhas Mahesh Vor 2 Monate
John Oliver killed it in this interview Just that the crowd was too slow to realise
Suhas Mahesh
Suhas Mahesh Vor 2 Monate
"look down where are you Okay you're good"🤣🤣🤣 This crowd is dead
SportsMaster13 Vor 2 Monate
John must be a happy man, with Liverpool finally winning the Premier League.
Raymi Guillen
Raymi Guillen Vor 2 Monate
Mr. Oliver, if you are reading this, I just want you to know that I had to pause to manage the McDonald's pancake bits flying out of my mouth in between fits of laughter after hearing you say "Thank ya'll" and watching the short moment after. I will now press play.
Tierra Teske
Tierra Teske Vor 2 Monate
Jared Kushner stroking a hairless cat 😂😂😂
Aztra Aztra La Diosa Aztra Aztra
Oliver congrats 👏👏
Ra Hall
Ra Hall Vor 2 Monate
Why would someone want to become an American?
anticathy Vor 2 Monate
dear god how life has changed
ARB1452 Vor 2 Monate
Thought he was gonna accidentally shoot one of his Uncle Sam minions in the back of the head at the start
95CeliaM Vor 2 Monate
Just ask India 🤣🤣🤣 I laughed so hard
recordisM Vor 2 Monate
Stephen’s suit is fantastic wow
Rebekah Lloyd
Rebekah Lloyd Vor 2 Monate
Oml John these Americans do not understand your elite humour 😭 come home x
Kebulove Vor 3 Monate
Why would anyone ever want to move to U.S.A. from Europe? Genuinely curious.
John King
John King Vor 3 Monate
John is married to an American, a doctor who served in the US army. That is why he moved at least.
Janelle McCoy
Janelle McCoy Vor 3 Monate
Mad Monkee
Mad Monkee Vor 3 Monate
I was nervous when I got my second citizenship too. Not forget-my-phone-number nervous, but still nervous.
Gazorpa Zorp
Gazorpa Zorp Vor 3 Monate
5:45 If he only knew what was coming.
Rob George
Rob George Vor 3 Monate
Obviously, if he had been a real American he would have come on stage firing a AR 15 into the crowd. :)
PutinTrump2020 X
PutinTrump2020 X Vor 3 Monate
Oliver should slice the red tape and date Donald Trump, its worked before
Baron Von Grijffenbourg
Dawh.. His little 'Ya'll' joke bombed and a piece of John died there for a few seconds. But, we got it Johnny 'Marginally handsome ferret' Oliver.
Granville's Hammer
Granville's Hammer Vor 3 Monate
Up The Mighty Reds! YNWA.
J S Vor 3 Monate
As an english speaking white male Canadian, married to American, with kids...this system is rough on my spectrum. I can’t imagine how rough it is for others. I’m privileged but don’t feel it...even though I know I am compared to others.
swagatata Vor 3 Monate
There is at least a few people in the audience who caught Covid 19 when this was being shot.
IstasPumaNevada Vor 3 Monate
John got in just under the wire on this one. Lucky him :D Seriously though, I'm proud to have John Oliver as a citizen of our country. And not just because we need all the help we can fucking get right now.
jake lin
jake lin Vor 3 Monate
John Oliver is my favorite person on the planet
Adrian Young
Adrian Young Vor 3 Monate
I too was worried about the interview. The first question I was asked was to confirm my address. I stumbled under stress, but the immigration officer calmly said, it is ok relax. Then I collected myself and was able to tell him my address and continued. I would also like to say that at every stage of the citizenship process, the people at USCIS in Seattle were kind, polite and professional. I got to take oath that day, 56 people from 52 countries. The people administering the oath were as excited for us as we were. My journey was 17 years in the making. H1B visas, then green card then citizenship. My only regret is that I waited to the end of my 10 year green card to apply for citizenship. I could have and should have done this years ago. Last time I looked, the backlog for citizenship at the Seattle office was 20,000 and nationally 750,000. With a rejection rate of 1% of applicants, that is a lot of people who will become a citizen waiting and the stress it comes up with. If you are in that queue, be patient and your time will come. Worth the wait. When I tell Americans my story and progress, they are surprised as to what is involved. Some even question whether I am telling the truth. If you are of the opinion that they hand out citizenship to anyone; rather than reading or watching your favorite "news" channel, got to USCIS to see what is required: www.uscis.gov/citizenship/educators/naturalization-information Yes, you have to have a green card and that is no simple process either. When you hear "go back to your country and apply for citizenship", note that is not how it works. You have to get a green card first and then live in the US for 5 years before applying or 3 years if you marry a US person.
Ciso Yu
Ciso Yu Vor 3 Monate
I don’t get it he’s rich famous coming from uk and having a well paid job. How hard it could be.
Kathryn Vor 3 Monate
Ciso Yu He wasn’t when he started the process
mike trimm
mike trimm Vor 4 Monate
Chris78986 Vor 4 Monate
Scouse Git (Alf Garnet)
4 Books Unknown
4 Books Unknown Vor 4 Monate
They don't hire the articulate or responsible. They don't hand off to their superiors. They, instead, raise up the angry and the needy. If they seek their failure it's 3/4 empty. Their battles are of the mind as far as you can see and they have few wits about them without a pill to sharpen them. If I were a scout we'd attack 'morrow.
Maybe someday this Oliver guy will have show of his own. Like I do de-vid.com/video/video-nc6HXnmUHSg.html
It's okay John I laughed at the y'all
Firnila Vor 5 Monate
Just ask India. That was brilliant.
daniellebebop Vor 5 Monate
It really is absurd that we classify people so strictly by accident of their birth.
Adam-o Baseball
Adam-o Baseball Vor 5 Monate
In Middle School, my class had to take the Citizenship Test. I was 1 of 5 people who passed. 30 people took it. This was in Missouri.
Roxy Mac
Roxy Mac Vor 5 Monate
Love JO
Doveranalyst Vor 5 Monate
Just ask India. As an Indian....I can't even.. 😅
pablozky21 Vor 5 Monate
Now this is the crossover I most wanted to see
rcppcsk Vor 5 Monate
Remember those days when Corona seemed distant and there was an actual crowd? Good times . . .
IronKnight117 Vor 5 Monate
Lol I’m just imagining young John Oliver playing side by side with Graeme Souness
Aditya Vor 5 Monate
Wow that was smart.... Dressing up and going to watch the match. Interesting story.
Aditya Vor 5 Monate
6:22 Just ask India joke was gold. His level is too high for this audience I think.
NiNi Na
NiNi Na Vor 2 Monate
Yep, that wasn't your regular entertainment joke. But really good though.
Aditya Vor 3 Monate
@Rob George oh yeah so many things were missed. Someone should catalogue it all 😂
Rob George
Rob George Vor 3 Monate
You nailed it, watching from the UK I nearly choked on mt porridge :) Think the irony of him coming on stage exercising his trigger finger and "shooting" into the audience was missed as well. :)
Aditya Vor 5 Monate
0:25 that cameraman was dancing jolly!
Depressed breakfast
Depressed breakfast Vor 5 Monate
That’s one hell of an entrance
Lucas Consuelo
Lucas Consuelo Vor 6 Monate
Damn this was painful to watch... I’m sorry to John Oliver holy shit
WINTERS-_-WRATH Vor 6 Monate
As a brit u can have the prick he could not make it over here so just like the rest of ur rejects we sent him to u
John King
John King Vor 3 Monate
Hang on - just because someone is not a great star on British television like your totally useless Ant and Dec, overpaid duo who do a couple months "work" per year for ITV, John is funny, is good at what he does. His HBO show is successful, and so is James Corden on CBS. We are two countries, with two different styles of how we enjoy comedy. That is good to have. We do not want the whole world to be the same.
Almir D
Almir D Vor 6 Monate
Why does he make it sound like it is hard to get it? He let his green card expire, well buddy that one is on you, wtf. After you become a green card holder, 5 years after that you apply for citizenship and year after you become a citizen. As simple as that!
Almir D
Almir D Vor 6 Monate
@Yenifer Dimas I went through the same process, so did my brother, mom and dad, and now my wife. Sure it takes a year but it is not that bad at all. Just make sure to follow the guidelines.
Yenifer Dimas
Yenifer Dimas Vor 6 Monate
It's not that easy! My mom applied to get her green card renewed a whole year before it expired and it still expired before the paperwork was processed :(! The whole process is pretty painful and it consists of a lot of waiting for paperwork to get processed.
darkstar66125 Vor 6 Monate
Cause of this did anyone get a weird snap thing under the video of some kid smashing a record sayin ‘John Oliver I’m comin for you’ ? I’m very confused, a little scared and slightly aroused by the pure alpha behavior.
Casablanca Vor 6 Monate
I don't like the host. The show is just question and answer and then next question and answer. No conversation like Conan'O Brian.
Omegaxboy Vor 6 Monate
Lol. I passed the 10 questions with ease and when officer asked me what is my address, I blanked out too. Totally didn't remember.
Zainab Vor 6 Monate
Hey, I know a guy named Osama who got citizenship in 6 years. Shocked us all.
Gaby Flores
Gaby Flores Vor 6 Monate
Talk about betrayal
Gribbo9999 Vor 6 Monate
In the old days a Brit becoming an Australian citizen had to swear allegiance to the head of state of the country they just came from.
Mel The Mom
Mel The Mom Vor 6 Monate
I love how John Oliver briefly took over the show 😊
All_Roads Vor 6 Monate
You better believe he didn't give up his UK citizenship. He's not dumb.
John King
John King Vor 3 Monate
Craig Ferguson also became a duel citizen, he never gave up being Scottish.
Alexander Stefanov
Alexander Stefanov Vor 6 Monate
Welcome to the IRS chasing you for taxes the world over. In Europe lots of Americans can't wait to get rid of their citizenship, ask Tina Turner.
joshua claar
joshua claar Vor 6 Monate
How did he have a social security number before he was a citizen?
John Deltuvia
John Deltuvia Vor 6 Monate
Mr. Oliver obviously failed to comprehend the very first words of his oath of citizenship: "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen..."
Ryan Gaskin
Ryan Gaskin Vor 6 Monate
He's a hard guy to interview live because he's so witty and charismatic - hard to keep up
Katie Arbuckle
Katie Arbuckle Vor 6 Monate
Not a bad idea to have Dual Citizenship, because if one Country goes to hell...You still got a place to call home.
Dan210871 Vor 6 Monate
Both of my kids are quadruple citizens. When I was younger and more optimistic, I hoped for a world where one could relocate freely to the country where they wanted to live, work, study. Since that hasn't happened (and, quite frankly, we are moving in the opposite direction), my wife and I decided to give our children as many options as possible for when they grow up. We are raising them to be open-minded and multilingual cosmopolitans, and they have 4 passports to make that official.
Matt Stevenson
Matt Stevenson Vor 6 Monate
No British Nationalism? Its just more sensible than America's love of their own burning trash pile
Daisy Penman
Daisy Penman Vor 6 Monate
Never seen someone so excited as when he said “I have two passports like Jason Bourne!!”
g9nnar Vor 6 Monate
Why would he want to?
John King
John King Vor 3 Monate
He is married to an American, a woman who served as a doctor in the US army, that is why
Mulan 121
Mulan 121 Vor 6 Monate
Stephen Colbert needs to work on his sense of humour, he's a bit uptight...
wschnitzler Vor 6 Monate
Mulan 121 yeah, wonder what’s up with that
Mauree Vor 6 Monate
Did Most of John's jokes fly over people's heads or what?
Luke Harris
Luke Harris Vor 6 Monate
Two hilarious dudes and just utter missed jokes throughout. :|
Christopher Beer
Christopher Beer Vor 6 Monate
As someone who's never even set foot in the US, I've tried a few practice citizenship tests online and most of the questions are insultingly easy.
Aurelius Vor 6 Monate
Ya know im a genz born 50 year after India became a republic. And yet when a British guys says India I feel some what uncomfortable...
graytart Vor 6 Monate
The English “Uncle Sam” was “John Bull.”
Mel Rest
Mel Rest Vor 6 Monate
"Pinky finger down" didn't get nearly enough laughs.
V N Vor 6 Monate
You are a lucky man !!! I came here on 2007, still waiting for my green card.
Spookay T'is Me
Spookay T'is Me Vor 6 Monate
The beginning of that song the band was playing ... Is "good old Collingwood forever". It's an Australian AFL football anthem for the Victorian team *"Collingwood"*
Steve D
Steve D Vor 6 Monate
His team's Liverpool - poor bastard!
Crocs Queen
Crocs Queen Vor 6 Monate
That is the most British way to come in on an American flag
Piplup Vor 6 Monate
Idk why he always give me Mr. Bean vibes😂😂
John Oliver didn't had a single gray hair when UK were part of EU. Just saying.
Cobin Millage
Cobin Millage Vor 6 Monate
Dude this audience really sucked. John had a whole stack of jokes and they ignored all of them.
A B Vor 3 Monate
I think John was just too quick for them
A B Vor 3 Monate
Stalin Papi HOW do you watch this video and come to the conclusion that Stephen had a huge ego against John? You’re literally the only one saying that...Idk what video you’re watching lol Stephen always appreciates comedians on his show. Especially John. He’s been on the most.
A B Vor 3 Monate
Stalin Papi if you think the audience only likes anti-trump and political jokes I’m surprised if you even watch the show....they just missed a few jokes because John was too quick for them
Stalin Papi
Stalin Papi Vor 4 Monate
The audience only likes anti Trump and political jokes, and Colbert has a huge ego towards other comedians
Justin Saunders
Justin Saunders Vor 6 Monate
Mucktown he missed one joke
froofaloo Vor 6 Monate
OH ..hay...I am going to make fun of, and criticize, everything about the United States and what makes it great. Ummmm...can I be. Citizen?
Charles Held
Charles Held Vor 6 Monate
Thinking that they'd get a kid from the crowd to play because he had the right equipment under his clothes is totally 10 year old me.
Kyle Vor 6 Monate
John is the best of people. Welcome to this miserable experiment we call America.
Derek Olsen
Derek Olsen Vor 6 Monate
Took me 26 yrs to get mine, glad and grateful I did.
vatsal pandey
vatsal pandey Vor 6 Monate
This guy is happy to wait so many years to get citizenship of US but he did the exact opposite by supporting the anti CAA(India) law lobby. Hypocrite
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