The “Easter egg” in the Last Week Tonight set is actually more like a dragon’s egg.
In what is clearly an act of crass synergy*, the corporate overlords** at HBO have foisted a piece of cross-promotion*** onto the very set of John Oliver’s new show. As Digg’s Veronica DeSouza points out, not only does Oliver’s set feature a cityscape peppered with landmarks from across the globe–including the London Eye, the Empire State Building, and the Sydney Opera House–it also has a tower from HBO’s high-rated royal sports docu-series Game of Thrones. This detail came to light at a recent taping, in which an audience member asked Oliver about his favorite part of the set. Typical Oliver, toeing the company line and touting a garish subliminal advertising ploy****. It’s only a matter of time before Jeremy Piven begins a co-hosting run in a subtle nod toward the Entourage movie.
* fun inside joke
** talented crew
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