If you didn’t get the day off work, your association with Columbus Day may be pretty close to Last Week Tonight’s description: cheesy commercials, unexpectedly-closed post offices, and oh yeah, commemorating “a murderous ego-maniac, whose most famous discovery was a case of getting lost and refusing to ask directions.”

We’re all familiar with John Oliver’s format: eye-opening, laughter-inducing, and bitingly snarky. But it wasn’t until I read Oliver’s cover story in Rolling Stone that I understood the man behind the latest up-and-coming satire news program.

While Oliver refers to former The Daily Show colleague Jon Stewart as one of his biggest influences, Oliver’s worldview is noticeably more pessimistic. In his words, “There is something profoundly wrong at the heart of American politics.”

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For a glimpse at John Oliver on-set and off, open up your Next Issue app and check out “John Oliver Is Mad As Hell” in the October 9, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone. Then, 20 facts about John Oliver that didn’t make it into the magazine.

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