Like his comedic predecessor Jon Stewart, John Oliver understands intimately the close relationship between comedy and tragedy and knows just how to meld the two in order to soothe national wounds over tragedies like the one that occurred early Sunday morning in Orlando.

On Sunday evening’s “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver offered up a touching tribute to the victims of the Orlando massacre, the largest mass-shooting in American history and the largest terrorist attack since 9/11.

“As I’m sure you know by now, at least 50 people were killed by a gunman at a gay nightclub in what is being described as a terrorist attack. Look it’s still early and details are still emerging and right now — this just hurts.

And the worst thing is, this pain is so familiar, in Paris last November. Terrorists seemed to target everything that is wonderful about France: Culture, music, restaurants. And, in Orlando, early this morning the gunman attacked a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world. And for the record, I will fully embrace a Latin night at a gay club at the theme park capital of the world as a symbol of what is truly wonderful about America.”

But Oliver didn’t just highlight the worst, but also looked to the best by focusing on the massive lines of people waiting to give blood outside of donation centers in the hot Orlando sun.

“It kind of reminds you that that terrorist dipshit is vastly outnumbered.”


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at