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

Feb 11, 2020
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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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  • John must be a happy man, with Liverpool finally winning the Premier League.

    SportsMaster13SportsMaster13Day ago
  • 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.

    Raymi GuillenRaymi GuillenDay ago
  • Jared Kushner stroking a hairless cat 😂😂😂

    Tierra TeskeTierra Teske8 days ago
  • Oliver congrats 👏👏

    Aztra La DiosaAztra La Diosa9 days ago
  • Why would someone want to become an American?

    Ra HallRa Hall9 days ago
  • dear god how life has changed

    anticathyanticathy11 days ago
  • Thought he was gonna accidentally shoot one of his Uncle Sam minions in the back of the head at the start

    ARB1452ARB145214 days ago
  • Just ask India 🤣🤣🤣 I laughed so hard

    95CeliaM95CeliaM15 days ago
  • Stephen’s suit is fantastic wow

    recordisMrecordisM16 days ago
  • Oml John these Americans do not understand your elite humour 😭 come home x

    Rebekah LloydRebekah Lloyd20 days ago
  • Why would anyone ever want to move to U.S.A. from Europe? Genuinely curious.

    KebuloveKebulove28 days ago
    • John is married to an American, a doctor who served in the US army. That is why he moved at least.

      John KingJohn King27 days ago
  • 🤺

    Janelle McCoyJanelle McCoy28 days ago
  • I was nervous when I got my second citizenship too. Not forget-my-phone-number nervous, but still nervous.

    Mad MonkeeMad Monkee28 days ago
  • 5:45 If he only knew what was coming.

    Gazorpa ZorpGazorpa Zorp29 days ago
  • Obviously, if he had been a real American he would have come on stage firing a AR 15 into the crowd. :)

    Rob GeorgeRob GeorgeMonth ago
  • Oliver should slice the red tape and date Donald Trump, its worked before

    PutinTrump2020 XPutinTrump2020 XMonth ago
  • 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.

    Baron Von GrijffenbourgBaron Von GrijffenbourgMonth ago
  • Up The Mighty Reds! YNWA.

    Granville's HammerGranville's HammerMonth ago
  • 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.

    J SJ SMonth ago
  • There is at least a few people in the audience who caught Covid 19 when this was being shot.

    swagatataswagatataMonth ago
  • 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.

    IstasPumaNevadaIstasPumaNevadaMonth ago
  • John Oliver is my favorite person on the planet

    jake linjake linMonth ago
  • 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: 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.

    Adrian YoungAdrian YoungMonth ago
  • I don’t get it he’s rich famous coming from uk and having a well paid job. How hard it could be.

    Ciso YuCiso YuMonth ago
    • Ciso Yu He wasn’t when he started the process

      KathrynKathrynMonth ago

    mike trimmmike trimmMonth ago
  • Scouse Git (Alf Garnet)

    Chris78986Chris789862 months ago
  • 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.

    Abel Syltz the Flask DaggerAbel Syltz the Flask Dagger2 months ago
  • Maybe someday this Oliver guy will have show of his own. Like I do

  • It's okay John I laughed at the y'all

  • Just ask India. That was brilliant.

    FirnilaFirnila3 months ago
  • It really is absurd that we classify people so strictly by accident of their birth.

    daniellebebopdaniellebebop3 months ago
  • 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.

    Adam MAdam M3 months ago
  • Love JO

    Roxy MacRoxy Mac3 months ago
  • Just ask India. As an Indian....I can't even.. 😅

    DoveranalystDoveranalyst3 months ago
  • Now this is the crossover I most wanted to see

    pablozky21pablozky213 months ago
  • Remember those days when Corona seemed distant and there was an actual crowd? Good times . . .

    rcppcskrcppcsk3 months ago
  • Lol I’m just imagining young John Oliver playing side by side with Graeme Souness

    IronKnight117IronKnight1173 months ago
  • Wow that was smart.... Dressing up and going to watch the match. Interesting story.

    AdityaAditya3 months ago
  • 6:22 Just ask India joke was gold. His level is too high for this audience I think.

    AdityaAditya3 months ago
    • Yep, that wasn't your regular entertainment joke. But really good though.

      NiNi NaNiNi Na15 days ago
    • @Rob George oh yeah so many things were missed. Someone should catalogue it all 😂

      AdityaAdityaMonth ago
    • 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. :)

      Rob GeorgeRob GeorgeMonth ago
  • 0:25 that cameraman was dancing jolly!

    AdityaAditya3 months ago
  • That’s one hell of an entrance

    Depressed breakfastDepressed breakfast3 months ago
  • Damn this was painful to watch... I’m sorry to John Oliver holy shit

    Lucas Donnie AndersonLucas Donnie Anderson3 months ago
  • 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

    • 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.

      John KingJohn King27 days ago
  • 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 DAlmir D3 months ago
    • @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.

      Almir DAlmir D3 months ago
    • 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.

      Yenifer DimasYenifer Dimas3 months ago
  • 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.

    darkstar66125darkstar661254 months ago
  • 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.

    CasablancaCasablanca4 months ago
  • 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.

    OmegaxboyOmegaxboy4 months ago
  • Hey, I know a guy named Osama who got citizenship in 6 years. Shocked us all.

    ZainabZainab4 months ago
  • Talk about betrayal

    Gaby FloresGaby Flores4 months ago
  • 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.

    Gribbo9999Gribbo99994 months ago
  • I love how John Oliver briefly took over the show 😊

    Mel The MomMel The Mom4 months ago
  • You better believe he didn't give up his UK citizenship. He's not dumb.

    All_RoadsAll_Roads4 months ago
    • Craig Ferguson also became a duel citizen, he never gave up being Scottish.

      John KingJohn King27 days ago
  • 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.

    Alexander StefanovAlexander Stefanov4 months ago
  • How did he have a social security number before he was a citizen?

    joshua claarjoshua claar4 months ago
  • 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..."

    John DeltuviaJohn Deltuvia4 months ago
  • He's a hard guy to interview live because he's so witty and charismatic - hard to keep up

    Ryan GaskinRyan Gaskin4 months ago
  • Not a bad idea to have Dual Citizenship, because if one Country goes to hell...You still got a place to call home.

    Katie ArbuckleKatie Arbuckle4 months ago
    • 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.

      Dan210871Dan2108714 months ago
  • No British Nationalism? Its just more sensible than America's love of their own burning trash pile

    Matt StevensonMatt Stevenson4 months ago
  • Never seen someone so excited as when he said “I have two passports like Jason Bourne!!”

    Daisy PenmanDaisy Penman4 months ago
  • Why would he want to?

    g9nnarg9nnar4 months ago
    • He is married to an American, a woman who served as a doctor in the US army, that is why

      John KingJohn King27 days ago
  • Stephen Colbert needs to work on his sense of humour, he's a bit uptight...

    Mulan 121Mulan 1214 months ago
    • Mulan 121 yeah, wonder what’s up with that

      wschnitzlerwschnitzler4 months ago
  • Ach an Englishman. Ye cannae trust the English - they'll rob ye as soon as look at ye. Do ye no realise he's likely an English spy?

    Trixy FelixTrixy Felix4 months ago
  • Did Most of John's jokes fly over people's heads or what?

    MaureeseeoMaureeseeo4 months ago
  • Two hilarious dudes and just utter missed jokes throughout. :|

    Luke HarrisLuke Harris4 months ago
  • 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.

    Christopher BeerChristopher Beer4 months ago
  • 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...

    AureliusAurelius4 months ago
  • The English “Uncle Sam” was “John Bull.”

    graytartgraytart4 months ago
  • "Pinky finger down" didn't get nearly enough laughs.

    Mel RestMel Rest4 months ago
  • You are a lucky man !!! I came here on 2007, still waiting for my green card.

    V NV N4 months ago
  • 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"*

    Spookay T'is MeSpookay T'is Me4 months ago
  • His team's Liverpool - poor bastard!

    Steve DSteve D4 months ago
  • That is the most British way to come in on an American flag

    Crocs QueenCrocs Queen4 months ago
  • Idk why he always give me Mr. Bean vibes😂😂

    PiplupPiplup4 months ago
  • John Oliver didn't had a single gray hair when UK were part of EU. Just saying.

  • Dude this audience really sucked. John had a whole stack of jokes and they ignored all of them.

    Cobin MillageCobin Millage4 months ago
    • I think John was just too quick for them

      A BA BMonth ago
    • 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 BA BMonth ago
    • 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

      A BA BMonth ago
    • The audience only likes anti Trump and political jokes, and Colbert has a huge ego towards other comedians

      Stalin PapiStalin Papi2 months ago
    • Mucktown he missed one joke

      Justin SaundersJustin Saunders4 months ago
  • 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?

    froofaloofroofaloo4 months ago
  • 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.

    Charles HeldCharles Held4 months ago
  • John is the best of people. Welcome to this miserable experiment we call America.

    KyleKyle4 months ago
  • Took me 26 yrs to get mine, glad and grateful I did.

    Derek OlsenDerek Olsen4 months ago
  • 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

    vatsal pandeyvatsal pandey4 months ago