John Oliver asks viewers to stop watching his show so they can fill out the 2020 census

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On Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Sunday, Oliver compelled his viewers to fill out the 2020 census, and even purposely drove them away from watching the last two minutes of his show to do just that. It’s estimated that 14 million households have yet to fill out the census, which is used to decide allocation of federal funds and representation in Congress. Oliver said it only took him about two minutes to fill it out, so, in an effort to get viewers to do the same, he intended to make the last two minutes of his show unwatchable.

“Why not do it right now? Because you definitely have two minutes on your hands. And the reason I know that for sure is, we are currently 28 minutes into a 30-minute show and I’m about to drive you away to go fill it in. And if you’re thinking, ‘Well, I don’t know about that. I’m pretty comfortable right now.’ Not for long you’re not,” Oliver said. “For the rest of this show, I’m gonna leave you watching this screensaver of a DVD logo bouncing around, like a substitute teacher who fell asleep after Glory ended. And, not only that, underneath it, we’re gonna be playing the audiobook version of Sean Penn’s Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff read by its author, a man with a face that’s seen better days and a voice that’s seen better centuries.”

And Oliver made good on that promise. The last two minutes of the show was exactly what he said it would be: A DVD logo bouncing around over audio of Sean Penn reading his book, accompanied by the text “Seriously. This is it. Nothing more is coming.”

But before cutting to the DVD screensaver and Penn reading, Oliver gave the book a less-than-stellar review.

“The book has no formal plot, a president character referred to only as Mr. Landlord, and it contains lines like, ‘Effervescence lived in her every cellular expression, and she had spizzerinctum to spare,’” Oliver said. “It is dreadful.”

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO.

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