When John Oliver sat down for his HBO panel at press tour, he probably wasn’t expecting to spend so much time talking about Sarah Palin. But when one journalist asked him if he might want to stop by to say hello to the former Governor of Alaska, the stand-up comedian couldn’t resist.
“What? You are kidding! Now I’m checking in! Good for her. So she has a new show on the sports channel? [Actually, the Sportsman Channel] She’s going to do to sports what she did to politics. She wouldn’t set foot in front of you liberal monsters. There’s a significant voice in my head saying check in, go to breakfast. Lots of moose-based favorites. Sarah Palin on a breakfast bar. My life could just be over in that moment.”
Eventually, the panel got back on track, with Oliver addressing the “bizarre, exciting and terrifying experience” that was filling in for John Stewart during his break from “The Daily Show.” Oliver said he still asks Stewart’s advice “on everything; I’ll probably ask his advice on checking into the hotel tonight. He’s been amazing. As a comedian I’m almost allergic to sincerity, but he’s amazing.”