Looks like John Oliver will get his sewage plant after all. A week after the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” once again calling out the town of Danbury, Connecticut, Mayor Mark Boughton said in a video Sunday that he’ll name the city’s waste processing facility after Oliver — so long as Oliver travels to Danbury in person for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A little background: On the August 16 episode, during a segment talking about jury selection in Connecticut, Oliver took a detour to insult Danbury, a town he selected apparently at random, in incredibly personal, profane terms. “If you are going to forget a town in Connecticut, why not forget Danbury because, and this is true, f— Danbury! From its charming railway museum to its historic hearthstone castle, Danbury, Connecticut, can eat my whole ass,” Oliver said.
“If you’re from there you have a standing invite to come get a thrashing from John Oliver, children included, f— you,” Oliver joked.
Boughton responded by announcing that the city’s sewage plant would be renamed “The John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. Why? Because it’s full of crap, just like you, John.” Pretty funny, but unfortunately he later admitted he was just joking.
Oliver revisited the subject on the August 30 episode, first congratulating Danbury for a truly good insult, then mocking it for not following through. “You had the first good idea in your city’s history and you chickened out on the follow-through. What a classic Danbury move,” Oliver said.
Then Oliver offered to donate $55,000 to local charities if Danbury would actually go through with naming its sewage plant after him. Oliver gave the city a week to decide, after which he threatened to donate the money to charities in other nearby communities.
Those of you with a calendar handy already know that today was the deadline, and so it is that Boughton has accepted Oliver’s deal with one condition: Oliver has to come to Danbury in person for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
But Boughton didn’t waste the chance to get in one more dig. He revealed that if Oliver refuses to come, the city already has named a poop-related thing after him: A portable toilet now known as “The ‘John’ Oliver S—house.” Get it?
Watch the mayor’s clip, followed by John Oliver’s Danbury-related content, below. We’ll keep you posted on Oliver’s reply.
Watch the clip below:
Here’s the first installment of the beef, which begins 6 minutes and 16 seconds in.
And here’s the follow up: