'The Daily Show' exposes CNN's terrifying magic maps

I’m feeling a little scared right now. See, I just watched the special investigation that The Daily Show‘s always-superb John Oliver presented on Tuesday night, wherein he revealed the hidden purpose of those "magic wall" maps that CNN’s John King kept using on election night. Because that’s the kind of fearless truth-seeker John Oliver is: He’ll do an in-depth report on something two full weeks after it ceases to be relevant, all for the greater good. I’m really too shook up even to summarize the sordid conspiracy Oliver uncovered, so why don’t you just watch the clip below. Be warned, though — you might end up like me, unable to so much as turn on CNN without looking anxiously over your shoulder for a marauding anchor. (Here is where I note that CNN is, like EW’s parent company, owned by Time Warner. Not that that makes me feel any safer!)

I think I can confidently say that this is the best electoral-map-related humor performance I’ve seen in some time, beating out such worthy contenders as Stephen Colbert’s recent adventure with The Early Show‘s lower-tech floor situation on CBS (click here to watch) and Fred Armisen’s own magic-wall skit on SNL a few weeks ago (voila). Disagree if you dare — John King is probably monitoring this post as we speak.

More on The Daily Show and election humor:
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John Oliver deserves his own series!
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Comments (7 total) Add your comment
  • Jim from Saint Paul

    “I’m in Williams Sonoma… in the bakery section… by the cupcake pans…”

  • Shamrock

    Is EW finally listening to it’s readers because I don’t see one ‘Twilight’ headline in PopWatch, or is it because it hasn’t gotten great reviews?

  • Gwen

    Too. Funny.

  • Megan

    “Sprinkles make the cupcake.” HA! Funnier yet because I work at Williams-Sonoma.

  • Anitamargarita

    Does Comedy Central ever replay John Oliver’s standup special? I missed it! Can I find it online? Somebody help!

  • Kristen

    I got Oliver’s special off iTunes. It’s a longer and unedited version of what Comedy Central played.

  • Kristen

    I got Oliver’s special off iTunes. It’s a longer and unedited version of what Comedy Central played.

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