'This Week' Sunday Spotlight: John Oliver

George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with John Oliver on his new late-night HBO show.
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Transcript for 'This Week' Sunday Spotlight: John Oliver
Thank you both very much. John oliver, became a breakout star on the Daily Show. He now headlines his own Sunday night gig. I caught up with him there. After last week's launch. We've done one show. The whole aim was to make it not awful. So to a certain extent, we have achieved that. You were happy with that. It was not awful? I'm happy with -- I set the awful bar. And I think, and it's subjective. I think we got over the bar. We might have clipped the bar. But it didn't fall down. I think now, it's going to be a question of working out what is show is. You know who I feel bad for there? Pope Benedict. It cannot be easy to be the fourth most popular pope in a room. Especially when two of the other popes are dead. So far, last week tonight looks like a weekly version of the Daily Show. Where oliver filled in for Jon Stewart last summer. Jon Stewart, I'm afraid, is still not here. He's upstate in the catskills, teaching sexy dancing. To a community not yet ready to handle it. He's having -- ? the time of his life ? Oliver grew up in great Britain. He's planting roots in the states. He met his wife at a republican convention. She's an Iraq war a veteran. I met her in St. Paul. Will you be a citizen? I can't yet. I'm on a green card now. You're coming off a little like immigration. I would like to -- I would like to get into the situation where I'm not suffering taxation without representation. Which is what I'm suffering right now. He did not attend last night's dinner. He loves the way Stephen Colbert skewered the room in 2006. I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. By these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq. That's about as good as it gets. In terms of degree of difficulty. And nerve. And nerve. That's right. That's about as good as it gets. Is that an invitation you would want one day? I would love to do it. As a comedian, there's part of me that hates myself. What politicians are you rooting for as a comedian? They're all arguably too good at producing material for comedy. As a human, I'm rooting for all of them to do their jobs let's say 300% better than they currently are. How about rebranding yourself as a great listener. The only agency in government that really listens. That's what I'm saying. That's what I'm saying. Because in many ways, the NSA is the perfect partner. So, let me introduce you to the new NSA, Trevor. I think this is good. Tell us about your day. Everything about it. When people walk away from your show, turn off the television after half hour on Sunday night. What do you want them to think? Tough to say when, let's be honest, they wake up when the music and the credits start to roll and say, I really need to go to bed. I just want it to be funny. That is the key responsibility that you have to hold yourself to as a comedian. If you're not making people laugh, what are you doing? Thanks to John oliver. Now we honor our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice. This week, the Pentagon released the names of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan. And that is all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your Sunday with us. Check out "World news" with David Muir tonight. See you tomorrow on "Gma."

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