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On July 4th, John Oliver tells us why we shouldn’t have kicked Britain out

Published Jul 4th, 2016 1:35PM EDT
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Last Week Tonight

is on hiatus for a few weeks, but John Oliver wasn’t going to miss the chance to make a bunch of jokes at the expense of his home country on Independence Day. So that’s exactly what he did.

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“As you know, since 1776, you’ve done very well as a nation,” says Oliver, “but it might be worth thinking about just a handful of things that you gave up when kicking Britain unceremoniously out of this country.”

A quick list of all the things we’re missing out on:

  • British accents
  • Bowler hats
  • Meat pies
  • Pessimism
  • The Queen, aka “an elderly woman who frowns for a living”

Yes, Oliver was being facetious, but I am genuinely a bit jealous of the meat pies.

Last Week Tonight doesn’t return until July 24th, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more web exclusive clips like this over the course of the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can always go back and watch Oliver explain how doping has ruined sports, how debt is bought and sold and how Brexit would destroy England.

Happy 4th, everyone!

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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