John Oliver’s Jewish Impression Is God Awful (And Funny)

It’s been said over and over again. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is the king of the Jewish joke. I feel like they can’t go two episodes without making one (Ironically enough, in an interview I did with Daily Show writer Rob Kutner a couple months back, he said that most of the Jew jokes are written by the non-Jews on the staff).

Well, last night was no different. In a piece commenting on the Catholic Church reaching out to conservative Anglicans, correspondent John Oliver went into a pretty amazing tirade about Jews. But what is really worth noting is his absolutely dreadful “Jew” impression. In his “mind,” Jews just say “Oyga Boyga” over and over again. For some reason, it reminds me of Team America: World Police.

Check it out for yourself (If you are outside of the U.S., I tried to embed a proper link, but was unsuccessful. If you’re from Canada, you can watch the full episode here. John Oliver is in part II).

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