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John Oliver gives Game of Thrones a shout-out in his new set

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Former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight debuted on April 27th, complete with a set featuring notable buildings from around the world such as the Washington Monument and Burj Khalifa. As The Huffington Post notes, however, there is one addition among the lot that is not quite of this world.

Just over the host’s right shoulder is a castle that should look familiar to Game of Thrones fans: Dragonstone, home to Stannis Baratheon and ancestral seat of the Targaryens.

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The shout-out to Game of Thrones is not that surprising, considering Last Week Tonight airs Sunday nights at 11PM on HBO. Oliver may or may not be a viewer of GoT. When visiting The Daily Show to promote his new gig, he and Jon Stewart joked about GoT’s racier elements. Stewart observed that his new network HBO was “a wonderland of expletives and a forest of dongs,” and Oliver replied, “You’ve seen Game of Thrones then.”

42 Comments

  • This “Forest of dongs” sounds like a magical place. You think it’s beyond the wall?

  • John Oliver had better be appreciative of Game of Thrones.
    He owes Thrones at least some of whatever ratings he has, since his show now takes the slot that USED to belong to the second GOT airing on Sunday nights.
    I’ve ended up watching the first minute of his show at least twice because I tuned in expecting to see Thrones.
    Thankfully, he’s actually very funny.

  • For some reason, I don’t think the arctic temperatures of the land beyond the Wall would be suitable for the forest of dongs.

  • Ours is the Fury:
    For some reason, I don’t think the arctic temperatures of the land beyond the Wall would be suitable for the forest of dongs.

    You think it’s more of a tropical type of forest then? maybe a rainforest? yikes!

  • STANNIS

    I can’t believe that 13 comments in and no true stan had come here yet

  • chris,

    His character in Community was a big fan of Bloodlines of Conquest (obviously a reference to GoT). He said “That show is my jam – they really get the incest right.)

  • Deathdreams:
    This “Forest of dongs” sounds like a magical place. You think it’s beyond the wall?

    It’s definitely in the Southern regions of Westeros.

  • One thing is for sure. The forest of dongs is nowhere near Astapor. It would have been…..’deforested’ long ago to make more unsullied

  • I love John Oliver on HBO. I only wish the show ran an hour instead of thirty minutes as consolation for it only being once a week. Maybe if it proves successful enough? *fingers crossed*

    Thanks for pointing out this neat little bit of cross-promotion!

  • Ours is the Fury:
    For some reason, I don’t think the arctic temperatures of the land beyond the Wall would be suitable for the forest of dongs.

    You’re right. That would be the forest of shrunken dongs.

  • I appreciate a subtle comedic reference like this (Dragonstone appearing among real-world landmarks on a “news show” backdrop) at least as much as the full-blown parodies I’ve seen elsewhere.

  • wizardeyes,

    I was just about to say that.

    I’ve started to watch the show (as a fan of Ian Duncan from community – fav character) but I can’t be the only one to think its a blatant copy of Russell Howard’s good news?

  • A post dedicated to dongs and no sign of Rygar? Hmm…

    Anyway, I’ve just figured out that my phone’s Internet was on private this whole time. Explains a lot.

  • The forest of dongs? Is that anywhere near the King’s Wood? Or the Garden Of Boners? “Every time khaleesi shuts her doors on me, the garden grows……”

  • I’m going with either the King’s Wood in Westeros or the Garden of Boners on the other side of Qarth. Although, their is a distinct possibility it can be found somewhre near the God’s Eye and the “Twins”.

  • Ser Davos Seaworth,

    Nah there are loads of shows like it – its like an entire genre really. Russel Howard didn’t invent the format – ‘person mocks the news of the past week’ has been around for ages. The host just depends of personal taste. I think John Oliver is better than Russel Howard but the best ever has to be Charlie Brooker.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCOja6Er-Ck

  • another possibility for the location of the forest of dongs is near castle Hornwood, no wonder the Bolltons wanted lady Hornwood’s Lands so bad, she was keeping those dongs all to herself, the saucy minx.