John Oliver Makes YouTube Appearance to Explain Why New Year's Eve Is 'Awful'

Although his HBO show Last Week Tonight is technically on hiatus, John Oliver made a brief appearance on YouTube to make a public service announcement reminding us that New Year’s Eve is “the worst.”


Oliver started by discussing how sick most of us are of the holidays by now – from Christmas to Chaunukah to Kwanzaa – but assured us that there’s one holiday that “unites all of us, regardless of religious background or ethnicity. And it unites us in hating it.” That holiday, of course, is New Year’s Eve.

“New Year’s Eve is like the death of a pet. You know it’s going to happen, but somehow you’re never really prepared for how truly awful it is.”

And the reasons, according to Oliver, are obvious.

“It combines three of the worst things known to mankind. Forced interaction with strangers. Being drunk, cold and tired. And having to stare at Ryan Seacrest for five solid minutes, waiting for him to tell you what time it is.”

From there, the host outlines a series of excuses for evading any celebratory commitments that might come your way. It’s a list that, as per usual with Oliver, is funny, great, and exactly what you didn’t know you needed.

Check out the clip below to watch the segment in its entirety. 

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