Comedian John Oliver has got the attention of American legislators and it is no joke as his impact has been noted by Time Magazine. Very few comedians can say that they can get the attention of the U.S. Attorney General but this talented comedian did when he pointed out the absurdity of a practice known as civil forfeiture in which the police are allowed to confiscate cash and property from people who have not been charged with a crime.
The British comic created a mock "Law and Order" episode in which Jeff Goldblum interrogates inanimate objects and showed how ridiculous such a policy was that it caught the attention of Attorney General Eric Holder who recently announced that he would "enact major limitation on the law" (Time - January 20, 2015).
He is an equal opportunity comic critic as the American Federal Communication Commission (FCC) found out when he accused them of trying to create Internet "fast lanes" that would provide preference to certain types of Internet traffic compared to others and in the process interfere and potentially undercut and sabotage the traditional beliefs of a free and open Internet. The popular comedian encouraged his fans to communicate their anger about the FCC taking such a position. According to internal emails the FCC officials were watching when John Oliver made such a request to his fans and were laughing at him. Some of his fans and entertainment observers have wondered if the FCC officials were still laughing after the servers of the U.S. government agency crashed because of all the comments they received from viewers about the issue.
The host of "Last Week Tonight" has American viewers who not only listen but act on his words and that makes him incredibly impactful in U.S. politics and has likely helped put John Oliver in the category of must-visit comedians for U.S. Presidential candidates or be subject to the wrath of this talented comedian.