John Oliver: American politics a 'circus of crazy'

By Lynn Elber

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Jan. 10 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

In this Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Host John Oliver arrives at the 2013 International Emmy Awards Gala at the New York Hilton, in New York. Oliver spoke to a meeting of the Television Critics Association about his upcoming HBO comedy series.

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PASADENA, Calif. — British-born John Oliver says his adopted America is a comedy feast.

As Oliver puts it, American politics is a "circus of crazy" that is unmatched in the world.

The former Comedy Central star was promoting his upcoming HBO series at a Television Critics Association meeting Thursday.

Oliver honed in on one particular politician, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, after learning she was to host a Sportsman Channel breakfast for the TV group. Palin was recently announced as the host of a new channel series, "Amazing America with Sarah Palin."

A smiling Oliver predicted that the onetime GOP vice presidential candidate would do to sports what she did for politics. He didn't elaborate.

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