Robocalls: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Mar 11, 2019
  • Robocalls are a growing problem. If only we could make the FCC care a little bit more about fixing it.
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  • Kyle Swart
    Kyle Swart 6 minutes ago

    Got a robocall in the middle of this video

  • coolascats
    coolascats 31 minute ago

    LOL!! hell yes!

  • crofoegbu
    crofoegbu 56 minutes ago

    a) Robot lady at 10:33 has a nice laugh
    b) Why *did* she refuse to say she wasn't a robot?

  • Isha Biswas
    Isha Biswas Hour ago

    So the free call blocking system that USA don't have (according to Oliver), is that the same as India's DND service? Cuz I just activated it on my numbers and automated calls of "hellooooo I'm calling from the bank" and "bhaijaan Salman ki latest filmi gaane suniye" have vanished. Can someone clarify if these are the same kind of system?

  • Dr. Dinosaur jones

    my friend starting watching this guy with his girlfriend, now he's an insufferable tool who over quotes these statistics, he speaks with such douche overtones it's getting to be intolerable to be around him , he tries to pass this shit off as his thought, hes so much smarter and more progressive than everyone else lol

  • Wupme
    Wupme Hour ago

    11:36 is the actual law in Germany. I have to give consent to get called by companies, unless the call is really to solve an actual issue (like a missed payment or they send me something and it got returned with "address unknown"). And even if i gave consent, one single "Stop calling me please" is enough that they are not allowed to do so in the future.

  • SpoonWood Gennaro
    SpoonWood Gennaro 2 hours ago +1

    Wells Fargo are criminals

  • bugxmusic
    bugxmusic 4 hours ago +1

    Not living in the US: Ive literally never heard about this. Sounds fucked up

    TARON MARTIROSYAN 5 hours ago

  • STS Tech
    STS Tech 7 hours ago

    That's so disturbing!

  • ๏ςՇ๏г๏к รยรђเ

    Idjit Pai's such a transparent mealy mouthed lil shit weasel who I've no doubt would sell his own grandma if the price was right. I'm betting it wouldn't even be triple digits.

  • Zach Jones
    Zach Jones 8 hours ago

    If there's one thing I can agree with John with, it's that Ajit Pai is a goober.

  • Linda Freeman
    Linda Freeman 8 hours ago

    Tell your love ones to get the app hiya it is free and it works for scams god bless

  • Angelina Cruz
    Angelina Cruz 8 hours ago

    "What's the point of calling someone 20 times a day?" - it's like texting my lover 20 times in a row, out of desperation for a booty call.

  • David Fu
    David Fu 9 hours ago

    Should've used this for the bagpipe music:

  • Rosario Longoria
    Rosario Longoria 9 hours ago

    Omg..I LOVE JOHN!!😮😮😮😘😘😘😊😮😮

  • LiK
    LiK 9 hours ago

    LMAO, dat ending

  • vermafam
    vermafam 10 hours ago

    So you mean to say my social security was not hacked? And I did not have to give them $5000. And Ajit got a cut in it? O! Darn Oliver, why did you not tell me that sooner? And what about all the Hilton free bookings I got? Nooooooo!

  • Natalee  Steele
    Natalee Steele 10 hours ago

    I Love John So Much

  • s Bee
    s Bee 10 hours ago

    for some reason giant body parts give me nightmares, but otherwise great show!

  • Laylah Ghweir
    Laylah Ghweir 11 hours ago +1

    It should be said that I have no fucking idea how to mail things. No joke, im in high school and i've never had to mail anything in my life. how tf

  • TheOutsiderOW
    TheOutsiderOW 11 hours ago

    I got a robocall while watching this

  • Ben Krauss
    Ben Krauss 12 hours ago +3

    16:56 the address is 348 W 57th Street, #301 New York, NY 10019. You're welcome.

  • frottery
    frottery 14 hours ago

    Remember in the Corporate Consolidation bit ( where you said that pressing a button on TV is dangerous, because you could put anything underneath/in response to it? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

  • Bera Ozer
    Bera Ozer 14 hours ago

    He’s now a national hero😂

  • Joshua Weickum
    Joshua Weickum 14 hours ago

    I f@#$ing love that guy!

  • Assembler Productions
    Assembler Productions 15 hours ago

    348 W. 57th Street, #301, New York, NY 10019

  • pinetarsoap
    pinetarsoap 15 hours ago

    I get calls to get an extended warranty for my vehicle....
    I drive a old beat up 1968 Ford pickup.
    Sounds great to me!!

  • Ryan Clarke
    Ryan Clarke 16 hours ago +1

    John Oliver is an American GEM!

  • Riley Tan
    Riley Tan 16 hours ago +1

    I was very excited to get a call saying that my bank could lower my mortgage payment.
    Except for the fact I’m in middle school.

  • Captain Bunny
    Captain Bunny 17 hours ago +1

    I get so many of these that I don't answer numbers I don't know. I've missed actual calls before because I won't answer if I don't recognize a number or the location it is from. It's always "Katie on a recorded line" or something about my Medicare health benefits that I don't have. I'm on the Do Not Call list and it doesn't matter.
    I also get calls from spoofed numbers usually with the same first three digits. Called back a couple of times. One lady cursed me out, called me a bitch and hung up. Another was really understanding and I explained that someone probably spoofed her number because she hadn't actually called.

  • Anca Creanga
    Anca Creanga 17 hours ago

    That dance he does while he says Johnny acting up again at 7:50 kills me

  • Coleholio
    Coleholio 17 hours ago

    Literally got one watching this

  • Jeff Kim
    Jeff Kim 17 hours ago

    I got a robocall while watching this.

  • Richard Lewis
    Richard Lewis 18 hours ago

    If you simply made every caller pay a nickel to every person called, non-targeted calls would be dramatically reduced. White lists could be institute so you didn't have to pay your mother to call... likewise businesses could opt out.

  • timmy timmytimmy
    timmy timmytimmy 19 hours ago

    CRYSIS much

  • Dragos Fotache
    Dragos Fotache 20 hours ago

    Haha it's the current year guy!

  • c a t
    c a t 20 hours ago +1

    Ajit Pai's face. Oh my god.

  • M Goodey
    M Goodey 20 hours ago

    Dude, you can buy stamps online and they'll be delivered to your house.
    If you didn't buy some of the Mr. Rogers stamps, shame on you.

  • John W
    John W 20 hours ago

    I literally started crying laughing so hard!! John's face after the robot call with the reporter had me dying!!!LMAO!

  • Johny G
    Johny G 20 hours ago

    One of my favorite episodes!! Maybe it should have been a middle finger!!

  • Bruce Wayne
    Bruce Wayne 20 hours ago

    My girlfriend's brother got a robocall telling him that she and I had been abducted threatening to kill us.

  • Sarah Roddey
    Sarah Roddey 21 hour ago

    America needs more people with John Oliver’s balls and ability to not gaf

  • Buick Debaron
    Buick Debaron 21 hour ago +1

    Wasn't Tom Wheeler the original Wolf in the Henhouse on this show?

  • Buick Debaron
    Buick Debaron 21 hour ago +1

    Tip: If you get a robocall, try pressing 2 on the keypad. I did that to all the ones I was getting and they have let up quite a bit

  • SlipperyMooseCakes
    SlipperyMooseCakes 22 hours ago +1

    If you have T-mobile and type in #662# it will automatically block calls that would show up as "Scam Likely". It isn't perfect but it helps. Oh and it's free.

  • emeralddarkness
    emeralddarkness 22 hours ago

    The guy asking if the caller was a robot was real aggrivating because I've worked in a lot of call centers and have had a lot of people assume I'm a robot. Normally I just laugh it off and assume that just means I sound professional but let me tell you it gets real aggrivating when someone won't drop it.

  • 0 13
    0 13 23 hours ago

    This is why I don’t answer numbers not in my contacts

  • nalyeone
    nalyeone 23 hours ago

    Found the address in the Moby Dick chapter :D

  • Montgomery Burns
    Montgomery Burns 23 hours ago

    I think my "blocked contact" list has exceeded 2,000. I've been using an app that catches about 80% of robo/scam calls. And yeah, I pay 99 cents a month for it. It doubles as a health-app because it keeps the big vein in my head from exploding. Mr. Oliver strikes again with brilliance.

  • borot man
    borot man Day ago

    Hey, you'd all tell me you're not robots, right?

  • Holly Rey
    Holly Rey Day ago +1

    I AM a real person :)

  • John Timmons
    John Timmons Day ago

    Doesn’t make the joke any less funny, but I actually did find the P.O. Box number pretty easily

  • Bahjo Mohamed
    Bahjo Mohamed Day ago

    I find John Oliver handsome and weird and funny all at once

  • michael phelps
    michael phelps Day ago +1

    Lol shes a robot aahhhh ruuun!!

  • MrMoooCow4
    MrMoooCow4 Day ago +1

    I lost a ton of respect for the show, forced or not, for the Michael Jackson comments. If the writers aren't researching enough to know there is a defendable argument for his innocence then what else are they researching poorly and toting as fact to their viewers?

  • Cory Riesen
    Cory Riesen Day ago

    if you call them like that you just take up their lines keeping out the general public just saying

  • Gorgon Gorbon
    Gorgon Gorbon Day ago

    I just got one of these thoubn

  • Isaac Clodfelter
    Isaac Clodfelter Day ago +1

    Golly I sure do hate me some Ajit Pai.

  • mattomynameo
    mattomynameo Day ago

    I usually answer and attempt to get a human on the other hand, and then I say something to the effective of "Help me I'm bleeding, please send help, I don't know how to stop the bleeding, there's so much blood, please help me." And that usually freaks them out enough so that they hang up.

  • Gothic Mom
    Gothic Mom Day ago

    Man, I wish that calling the FCC about robo calls was that easy lol

  • Dennis Belanger
    Dennis Belanger Day ago

    the FCC chair is in on the support of the robocalls.

  • Dennis Belanger
    Dennis Belanger Day ago +1

    I sued a creditor and won!!!! they called even after i told them to call my attorney and to not call me.

  • shoot your art
    shoot your art Day ago

    Capitalism fucks up every means of communication we have, and we can't get it together to just pass a goddamn law that stops it. Junk mail. Email spam. robocalls. Pathetic.

  • John Yousif
    John Yousif Day ago

    I love how he isn't just hilarious, he always takes immediate action to fix the problem he addresses. I wish someone like him would run for president. Someone with a sense of humor would be real with the public. Donald Trump already broke the now any celebrity can do it. Why not someone we trust? You can literally do your same job from a position of power. Imagine how funny the State of the Union would be. But I guess you'd have to be a natural born citizen though? there's ways around that

  • Ans Aesol
    Ans Aesol Day ago

    Thanks for an intelligent analysis and action.

  • Unlovable Short Kid

    I got a spoof call from my number

  • A Murphy
    A Murphy Day ago

    this show is actually pretty good when hes not just bashing right wing politics

  • Rimu N
    Rimu N Day ago

    The robo calls have my soul dying. I at least have been able to just allow my contact list to call me. The do not call registry does not work. I am now getting calls from Eastern Europe as long as many other US companies.

  • poppy p.
    poppy p. Day ago

    please... stop the number spoofing... i haven’t been able to take my fucking phone off do not disturb since 2017

  • inick2005i
    inick2005i Day ago

    "Block this caller" is my jam

  • Dylan S
    Dylan S Day ago

    the part about not wanting to mail had me weezing in laughter, it is literally me down to those spooky mailboxes in NYC

  • Ryan Keen
    Ryan Keen Day ago

    About Face: Veterans Against the War
    Formerly Iraq Veterans Against the War

  • CJ Cook
    CJ Cook Day ago

    It doesn't matter when you pause, John Oliver is always making a face. :P

  • Lark Forest
    Lark Forest Day ago

    John Oliver is such a Chaotic Neutral

  • Daniel Davis
    Daniel Davis Day ago

    Can you imagine how wild the staff parties for Susan Collins must be? That crew definitely knows how to get fucked up.

  • ROBERTS R Overfield

    Well played good sir.

  • RoboCallWall RoboCallWall

    They are using technology and the only answer today is to fight them with technology.

  • Verdugo
    Verdugo Day ago

    GOT ‘EM

  • Andrea Clemente
    Andrea Clemente Day ago

    Facia da merda

  • Ashley Thomas
    Ashley Thomas Day ago

    Well damn... That stamp bit was freakishly on the nose.

  • Happy Ford
    Happy Ford Day ago

    True about Wells Fargo.. They kept calling my daughter relentlessly.

  • SRG Zach Attack
    SRG Zach Attack Day ago

    I get at least one a day

  • C D
    C D Day ago

    Where can I sign up to be robocalled by John Oliver? It would be like a good bedtime story.

  • sarnlest
    sarnlest Day ago

    I got a robocall 4 minutes into watching this...

  • Honey Dubey
    Honey Dubey Day ago


  • Shane Sanders
    Shane Sanders Day ago

    I literally received a robo-call while watching this.

  • Sharon Mullins
    Sharon Mullins Day ago

    Your show is the best! Humor incredible!

  • transplant
    transplant Day ago +22

    If you still get robocalled, you're doing something wrong. The actual issue isn't that big of an issue if you've been alive less than 300 years. As Oliver just showed, you can actually have a lot of fun with telephone scammers. For instance: Call-forwarding. I'm not suggesting anyone actually do this...
    However, you could set up a voip number. Spam every phone list that's likely to get you robocalled. When the calls start coming in, automate your call forwarding to redirect the calls to Ajit Pai and your local representatives. We can think bigger than one call every ninety minutes.

    • KK Foto
      KK Foto 10 hours ago

      @transplant If only it were so simple.

    • Griffox
      Griffox 19 hours ago +1

      This is cool and funny in theory, but the calls always come from different numbers. I can block every number that ever robocalls me and still get the same number of robocalls every day. I've even had the calls look like I am calling myself. If it was just a matter of fucking with the phone number the calls were coming from, this wouldn't even be an issue. We'd all have moved on with our lives and had a good laugh.

  • Rebecca Lohfert Boas

    This has never happened to any of my family.. perks of living in Denmark

  • ArachCobra
    ArachCobra Day ago

    That's right, John, give 'em a taste of their own medicine.

  • Mitchell Ware
    Mitchell Ware Day ago

    The Landmower Man ending.

  • Riebenzahl -
    Riebenzahl - Day ago

    Two questions:
    Did it work?
    Why is this not an issue in europe?

    • Ivo Stružinský
      Ivo Stružinský 37 seconds ago

      It is prohibited by law in most European countries plus GDPR considers phone number personal data.

  • MakiPcr
    MakiPcr Day ago

    Capital One customer service employee here! The company got worried enough to tell us about it (here in Costa Rica, and Manila, and everywhere)

  • R Painter
    R Painter Day ago

    If I know it's a scam call I will sometimes answer the call, wait for a human to get on the phone and blow a very shrill whistle, but I'm thinking about getting an airhorn.

  • Lorna Nunez
    Lorna Nunez Day ago

    I try that shit. And my calls increase. Same people different numbers. So i can have a stroke any day. T mobil send me a text every month to pay my bill. From the murgae. Am on speed. Dial for every thing these ass hole selling. And thay turn off my phone 12 pm. On due date. No reminder text. Gready mother fuckers..

  • Joey brajkovich
    Joey brajkovich Day ago

    Literally got two rob calls while watching this video....

  • Krista Star
    Krista Star Day ago

    Yes!! This made my day.

  • M. Tom
    M. Tom Day ago

    Orange man bad

  • D R
    D R Day ago

    FYI, that "I AM a real person" phone call is indeed a robot. There have been crude AI based robo-callers for years with large vocabularies that can "respond".