John Oliver's Quest For U.S. Citizenship Culminated In An "Utterly Petrifying" Citizenship Test

  • Published on Feb 11, 2020
  • The host of "Last Week Tonight" on HBO, John Oliver, passed his citizenship test but not before being shaken to his core by questions like, "what is your phone number?" #Colbert #LastWeekTonight #JohnOliver
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Comments • 70

  • Edward Hyde
    Edward Hyde 2 days ago

    seriously, you would give up being a citizen of the UK to join a country that wanted Trump as their Head of State????? Needs a psychiatric evaluation not a citizenship test

  • Velbu
    Velbu 7 days ago

    I did my interview last year and I finally became a US Citizen on 4/26/2020 in St Louis, MO. As a naturalized citizen I feel so proud and happy. The ceremony was great, they make you feel very well, such a welcoming moment. I feel so lucky to have lived those moments in my life, something hard to explain. If you ask me the best moment is when you know that the big oath is getting closer and closer. I wish Natural Born Citizens could feel what I felt at the ceremony, words can not explain it.
    They gave us a very nice envelope with great information about the USA, a letter from the president,etc.
    (whether you are a Democrat or a Republican the letter is awesome)
    Such a great moment in our lives.
    PS- I am still working on my English, it is harder when you move to another country and you are 31.

  • Binx
    Binx 9 days ago

    It makes me depressed to this day that Not a single person INCLUDING COLBERT recognized when he said "Thank Ya'll"

  • partsgeriausias
    partsgeriausias 9 days ago

    Its hard to me to imagine why the hell an English person would want to move and live in the US

  • Tero Munakas
    Tero Munakas 11 days ago

    0:45 wow nice trickshot by John Oliver

  • A M
    A M 12 days ago

    Its crazy how many cheesy hosts in a suit, behind a desk, with a skyline background, on a 'late' show are on US telly

  • Kelly B
    Kelly B 15 days ago

    uhh,,idiot..u didnt get here like Eddie Murphy..

  • Ellen Black
    Ellen Black 15 days ago

    You have enough money for health care ,obviously.

  • Margot Gulliford
    Margot Gulliford 16 days ago

    I wonder if he regrets his new citizenship in 2020?

  • Weirdo 4HGSA
    Weirdo 4HGSA 17 days ago

    #YNWANATION for life

  • Shreya Patnaik
    Shreya Patnaik 21 day ago +1

    "Just ask India" got me howling XD

  • Gio
    Gio 24 days ago

    yeah John we agree on the fact that America is not at its best right now. Too many left-wingers have inundated our free country.

  • Janay Pattillo
    Janay Pattillo 29 days ago +1

    The image of 8 year-old John Oliver going to Anfield in full kit just in case the team needed him is indescribably adorable

  • adrish basu
    adrish basu Month ago

    uk does have john bull

  • ClassicWorld19
    ClassicWorld19 Month ago

    To all TV hosts: Pleeeease learn that England is one country in the U.K. When referring to Brexit (or other such things), it's the U.K. Thank you!

  • razor edge
    razor edge Month ago

    WHO IS Q?

  • Christo Guichard
    Christo Guichard Month ago

    This guy is unknown here in the U.K.

  • Youtube person
    Youtube person Month ago

    Colbert’s show is exactly the same with or without an audience cause they laugh at hardly any of these jokes

  • Genesis Perez
    Genesis Perez Month ago

    John Oliver is out here exercising his 2nd amendment rights with that T-shirt gun 😂

  • Suhas Mahesh
    Suhas Mahesh 2 months ago

    John Oliver killed it in this interview
    Just that the crowd was too slow to realise

  • Suhas Mahesh
    Suhas Mahesh 2 months ago

    "look down where are you
    Okay you're good"🤣🤣🤣
    This crowd is dead

  • SportsMaster13
    SportsMaster13 2 months ago

    John must be a happy man, with Liverpool finally winning the Premier League.

  • Raymi Guillen
    Raymi Guillen 2 months ago

    Mr. Oliver, if you are reading this, I just want you to know that I had to pause to manage the McDonald's pancake bits flying out of my mouth in between fits of laughter after hearing you say "Thank ya'll" and watching the short moment after. I will now press play.

  • Tierra Teske
    Tierra Teske 2 months ago

    Jared Kushner stroking a hairless cat 😂😂😂

  • Aztra Aztra La Diosa Aztra Aztra

    Oliver congrats 👏👏

  • Ra Hall
    Ra Hall 2 months ago

    Why would someone want to become an American?

  • anticathy
    anticathy 2 months ago

    dear god how life has changed

  • ARB1452
    ARB1452 2 months ago

    Thought he was gonna accidentally shoot one of his Uncle Sam minions in the back of the head at the start

  • 95CeliaM
    95CeliaM 2 months ago

    Just ask India 🤣🤣🤣 I laughed so hard

  • recordisM
    recordisM 2 months ago

    Stephen’s suit is fantastic wow

  • Rebekah Lloyd
    Rebekah Lloyd 2 months ago

    Oml John these Americans do not understand your elite humour 😭 come home x

  • Kebulove
    Kebulove 3 months ago

    Why would anyone ever want to move to U.S.A. from Europe? Genuinely curious.

    • John King
      John King 3 months ago

      John is married to an American, a doctor who served in the US army. That is why he moved at least.

  • Janelle McCoy
    Janelle McCoy 3 months ago


  • Mad Monkee
    Mad Monkee 3 months ago

    I was nervous when I got my second citizenship too. Not forget-my-phone-number nervous, but still nervous.

  • Gazorpa Zorp
    Gazorpa Zorp 3 months ago

    5:45 If he only knew what was coming.

  • Rob George
    Rob George 3 months ago

    Obviously, if he had been a real American he would have come on stage firing a AR 15 into the crowd. :)

  • PutinTrump2020 X
    PutinTrump2020 X 3 months ago

    Oliver should slice the red tape and date Donald Trump, its worked before

  • Baron Von Grijffenbourg
    Baron Von Grijffenbourg 3 months ago +1

    Dawh.. His little 'Ya'll' joke bombed and a piece of John died there for a few seconds. But, we got it Johnny 'Marginally handsome ferret' Oliver.

  • Granville's Hammer
    Granville's Hammer 3 months ago

    Up The Mighty Reds! YNWA.

  • J S
    J S 3 months ago

    As an english speaking white male Canadian, married to American, with kids...this system is rough on my spectrum. I can’t imagine how rough it is for others. I’m privileged but don’t feel it...even though I know I am compared to others.

  • swagatata
    swagatata 3 months ago

    There is at least a few people in the audience who caught Covid 19 when this was being shot.

  • IstasPumaNevada
    IstasPumaNevada 3 months ago

    John got in just under the wire on this one. Lucky him :D
    Seriously though, I'm proud to have John Oliver as a citizen of our country. And not just because we need all the help we can fucking get right now.

  • jake lin
    jake lin 3 months ago +1

    John Oliver is my favorite person on the planet

  • Adrian Young
    Adrian Young 3 months ago

    I too was worried about the interview. The first question I was asked was to confirm my address. I stumbled under stress, but the immigration officer calmly said, it is ok relax. Then I collected myself and was able to tell him my address and continued.
    I would also like to say that at every stage of the citizenship process, the people at USCIS in Seattle were kind, polite and professional. I got to take oath that day, 56 people from 52 countries. The people administering the oath were as excited for us as we were. My journey was 17 years in the making. H1B visas, then green card then citizenship. My only regret is that I waited to the end of my 10 year green card to apply for citizenship. I could have and should have done this years ago. Last time I looked, the backlog for citizenship at the Seattle office was 20,000 and nationally 750,000. With a rejection rate of 1% of applicants, that is a lot of people who will become a citizen waiting and the stress it comes up with. If you are in that queue, be patient and your time will come. Worth the wait.
    When I tell Americans my story and progress, they are surprised as to what is involved. Some even question whether I am telling the truth. If you are of the opinion that they hand out citizenship to anyone; rather than reading or watching your favorite "news" channel, got to USCIS to see what is required:
    Yes, you have to have a green card and that is no simple process either. When you hear "go back to your country and apply for citizenship", note that is not how it works. You have to get a green card first and then live in the US for 5 years before applying or 3 years if you marry a US person.

  • Ciso Yu
    Ciso Yu 3 months ago +1

    I don’t get it he’s rich famous coming from uk and having a well paid job. How hard it could be.

    • Kathryn
      Kathryn 3 months ago

      Ciso Yu He wasn’t when he started the process

  • mike trimm
    mike trimm 4 months ago +1


  • Chris78986
    Chris78986 4 months ago

    Scouse Git (Alf Garnet)

  • 4 Books Unknown
    4 Books Unknown 4 months ago

    They don't hire the articulate or responsible. They don't hand off to their superiors. They, instead, raise up the angry and the needy. If they seek their failure it's 3/4 empty. Their battles are of the mind as far as you can see and they have few wits about them without a pill to sharpen them. If I were a scout we'd attack 'morrow.


    Maybe someday this Oliver guy will have show of his own. Like I do

    HANNAH GWYNETH TUMALA 5 months ago +2

    It's okay John I laughed at the y'all

  • Firnila
    Firnila 5 months ago +1

    Just ask India.
    That was brilliant.

  • daniellebebop
    daniellebebop 5 months ago

    It really is absurd that we classify people so strictly by accident of their birth.

  • Adam-o Baseball
    Adam-o Baseball 5 months ago

    In Middle School, my class had to take the Citizenship Test. I was 1 of 5 people who passed. 30 people took it. This was in Missouri.

  • Roxy Mac
    Roxy Mac 5 months ago +1

    Love JO

  • Doveranalyst
    Doveranalyst 5 months ago +1

    Just ask India.
    As an Indian....I can't even..

  • pablozky21
    pablozky21 5 months ago +1

    Now this is the crossover I most wanted to see

  • rcppcsk
    rcppcsk 5 months ago +2

    Remember those days when Corona seemed distant and there was an actual crowd?

    Good times . . .

  • IronKnight117
    IronKnight117 5 months ago +1

    Lol I’m just imagining young John Oliver playing side by side with Graeme Souness

  • Aditya
    Aditya 5 months ago +1

    Wow that was smart.... Dressing up and going to watch the match. Interesting story.

  • Aditya
    Aditya 5 months ago +24

    6:22 Just ask India joke was gold. His level is too high for this audience I think.

    • NiNi Na
      NiNi Na 2 months ago

      Yep, that wasn't your regular entertainment joke. But really good though.

    • Aditya
      Aditya 3 months ago

      @Rob George oh yeah so many things were missed. Someone should catalogue it all 😂

    • Rob George
      Rob George 3 months ago +3

      You nailed it, watching from the UK I nearly choked on mt porridge :) Think the irony of him coming on stage exercising his trigger finger and "shooting" into the audience was missed as well. :)

  • Aditya
    Aditya 5 months ago

    0:25 that cameraman was dancing jolly!

  • Depressed breakfast
    Depressed breakfast 6 months ago +1

    That’s one hell of an entrance

  • Lucas Consuelo
    Lucas Consuelo 6 months ago

    Damn this was painful to watch... I’m sorry to John Oliver holy shit

    WINTERS-_-WRATH 6 months ago

    As a brit u can have the prick he could not make it over here so just like the rest of ur rejects we sent him to u

    • John King
      John King 3 months ago

      Hang on - just because someone is not a great star on British television like your totally useless Ant and Dec, overpaid duo who do a couple months "work" per year for ITV, John is funny, is good at what he does. His HBO show is successful, and so is James Corden on CBS. We are two countries, with two different styles of how we enjoy comedy. That is good to have. We do not want the whole world to be the same.

  • Almir D
    Almir D 6 months ago

    Why does he make it sound like it is hard to get it? He let his green card expire, well buddy that one is on you, wtf. After you become a green card holder, 5 years after that you apply for citizenship and year after you become a citizen. As simple as that!

    • Almir D
      Almir D 6 months ago

      @Yenifer Dimas I went through the same process, so did my brother, mom and dad, and now my wife. Sure it takes a year but it is not that bad at all. Just make sure to follow the guidelines.

    • Yenifer Dimas
      Yenifer Dimas 6 months ago +1

      It's not that easy! My mom applied to get her green card renewed a whole year before it expired and it still expired before the paperwork was processed :(! The whole process is pretty painful and it consists of a lot of waiting for paperwork to get processed.

  • darkstar66125
    darkstar66125 6 months ago +1

    Cause of this did anyone get a weird snap thing under the video of some kid smashing a record sayin ‘John Oliver I’m comin for you’ ? I’m very confused, a little scared and slightly aroused by the pure alpha behavior.

  • Casablanca
    Casablanca 6 months ago

    I don't like the host. The show is just question and answer and then next question and answer. No conversation like Conan'O Brian.

  • Omegaxboy
    Omegaxboy 6 months ago

    Lol. I passed the 10 questions with ease and when officer asked me what is my address, I blanked out too. Totally didn't remember.

  • Zainab
    Zainab 6 months ago

    Hey, I know a guy named Osama who got citizenship in 6 years. Shocked us all.

  • Gaby Flores
    Gaby Flores 6 months ago

    Talk about betrayal