John Oliver Compares Brexit ‘Disaster’ to Will Smith’s Genie in Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ (Video)

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Great Britain is set to leave the EU next month, and John Oliver has returned to television to try to prevent this Brexit “disaster.”

“Things look dire here” the “Last Week Tonight” host said on Sunday’s Season 6 premiere. Everyone his HBO comedy show highlighted seems to agree this exodus was not well thought out and could create serious problems for many Brits.

“Normally for people to be that certain that something will be a disaster, they need to see Will Smith in blueface,” Oliver quipped, throwing up a photo of Smith’s blue Genie in the upcoming live-action “Aladdin.”

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That wasn’t Oliver’s only punchline that borrowed from our world of movies and television.

A little later during the segment, Oliver singled out Parliament member Boris Johnson, who he said is “What would it look like if Gordon Ramsay was tumble-dried on High.”

That one was also accompanied by a perfectly timed picture. Yes, Oliver is a “MasterChef” of whipping up perfect analogies.

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Watch Oliver’s third (per his show’s own count) takedown of Brexit via the video above.

And then immediately find a way to watch UK series “Gogglebox.” You’ll a) get what that is and b) be hooked once you consume Oliver’s Sunday segment in full.

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‘Mary Poppins’ Is Much Different in the Post-Brexit Era (Video)

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Stephen Colbert’s Mary Poppins is gonna need much more than a spoonful of sugar to take this whole Brexit thing down.

The cold open to Wednesday’s “Late Show” tackled the particularly chilly topic of the U.K.’s planned withdrawal from the European Union. Leading into his monologue, Colbert presented a post-Brexit version of “Mary Poppins” — this one uses her umbrella to fly, yes, but also as a machine gun to fend off all those zombies.

“It’s every nanny for herself,” the CBS Poppins declares. “Now, let’s go fly a kite… in Hell!”

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A little later, she has an uncomfortable exchange with that cute Mr. Bluebird: Now is not the time for singing, and she’s probably going to eat him.

Watch the video above.

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‘The Daily Show’ Made a Brexit-‘Great British Baking Show’ Mashup That’s Pretty Spot On (Video)

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Good news for those of you who are a bit confused by the whole Brexit thing. “The Daily Show” figured out a way to convey just how dicey things are looking for the United Kingdom without requiring a degree in political science: Use one of the major British exports Americans are actually familiar with, “The Great British Baking Show.”

If you’re one of the people who pay attention to these things, you know what’s happening, but for the rest of you, time is slipping away for Britain’s ruling Tories to figure out some kind of deal with Europe for “Brexit” — AKA the country’s withdrawal from the European Union. A potential deal was voted down this week in Parliament, but while on Wednesday Prime Minister Theresa May barely avoided a vote of no confidence that could have forced new elections, Brexit is happening deal or no deal on March 29. Which could have disastrous economic consequences. Yikes!

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Enter a clever little video mashing up the Brexit mess with “Bake Off.” In the clip, we see footage of the show’s judges brutally explaining why a contestant’s entry failed spectacularly. Only, the contestant’s face has been swapped out digitally with that of PM May’s from recent remarks she made insisting her government is definitely going to deliver Brexit. It’s funny stuff, and you can watch it below.

Oooh rough ending for Theresa May in the Great British Break-Off pic.twitter.com/lNqret1tou

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 17, 2019

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