“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver has been in the U.S. since 2006, but still doesn’t completely understand America’s gun culture.
“It’s hard right?” the British comic told us at Madison Square Garden’s Stand Up for Heroes veterans benefit.
Oliver says when he first came to the U.S., he was completely baffled by our nation’s acceptance, or even enthusiasm, when it came to fire arms. But as time went by, he started to wrap his brain around it a little more. Then it got confusing again.
“The kind of firearms that are increasingly involved in these mass shootings remains inexplicable to me,” he said. “I have not heard a good case for AR-15s in private hands. So that’s the part of it that remains baffling to me.”
Oliver performed at the benefit, as did fellow comics Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien and Hasan Minhaj. Oliver had the pleasure of introducing the night’s musical headliners, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“You are looking at the exact opposite of the Red Hot Chili Peppers,” he joked, taking a pot shot at himself.
By the time it was over, the event, which officially kicks off the 2017 N.Y. Comedy Festival, raised more than $ 5.3 million for the Bob Woodruff Foundation and its work with ex-soldiers.