John Oliver had a surprise guest on Sunday’s installment of his HBO series “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” and the guest was a newsmaker who has been heavily sought-after by news programs in recent months: Edward Snowden.
Oliver focused largely on privacy concerns and government surveillance during the episode, leading up to the surprise Snowden appearance with about 15 minutes of comedy material on the issue.
Oliver appeared to be as surprised as anyone that Snowden actually showed up for the interview, for which Oliver traveled to Russia. Snowden, who reportedly published secret documents revealing NSA surveillance policies, has been living in exile in Russia.
Snowden’s appearance begins at about 15:55 on the following clip posted by “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”: