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"A Sad Penis Does Not Help the Comedy": John Oliver on Picking the Right Junk for the Job

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire May 14, 2014 at 12:39PM

How the host of "Last Week With Jon Oliver" picked the perfect genitals for an instantly infamous bit.

John Oliver has wasted no time embracing the freedoms that come with his new premium-cable gig on HBO's "Last Week Tonight." He dropped an f-bomb in the very first week, and in the third, he's going full-frontal. After taking aim at the gender-imbalanced nudity on HBO's flagship shows by flashing a few gratuitous male members, he followed up with this amazing bit, pumping new blood into the positively ancient tactic of parodying campaign attack ads:

At Mother Jones, Asawin Suebsaeng hits Oliver with the question we've all been dying to ask: Why that particular old-man penis? And who made the final call?

Mother Jones: How did you get to one you liked? Like, what is the process of "getting" penii?

John Oliver: We went through photos. It was basically the penis version of a headshot.

MJ: So this was like models?

JO: Models, basically. And you go through and say, "This one's good, this one's good, let's get down to a short-list. Okay, it's between these three. Um. I like this one." And then what you do is you make a decision, you walk out of a room, and you stare out a window and question what the fuck you're doing with your life...That's basically how it goes.

Too bad they didn't follow up by interviewing the penis's owner, or heck, the silver-haired schlong itself, but surely someone will get around to that soon enough.

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