What better way to celebrate your Independence Day than by watching one of 2016’s best late night satirists who happens to hail from England?
While John Oliver of Last Week Tonight may not be engaging in any sort of celebratory independence today, he revealed in a web exclusive clip released last night just how America has been worse off since claiming sovereignty. “It might be worth thinking about just the handful of things you gave up when kicking Britain unceremoniously out of this country,” Oliver opened.
“First, the accents: these beautiful vowel sounds could have been yours,” said the British host. “But instead, from sea to shining sea, you speak like you just burnt your tongue on a hot apple pie.”
One of the other main things that we as Americans miss out on since we declared our independence? According to Oliver: pessimism. While Americans are optimistic by nature with wide-ranging ambitions, “…in Britain, we are painfully aware of our limits.”
Watch the above clip from HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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