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John Oliver Explains

John Oliver wants to save your New Year's Eve by killing it

"New Year's Eve is the worst," says Last Week Tonight's John Oliver in a new video to welcome in 2015. "New Year's Eve is like the death of a pet — you know it's going to happen, but somehow you're never really prepared for how truly awful it is." And the best thing you can do is lie to your friends and family, so you can stay at home and avoid bad parties, uncomfortable nights out with friends, and hours of watching Ryan Seacrest tell you the time. Watch below to learn Oliver's "excellent and specific excuses" to beg out of New Year's Eve festivities — or to learn which of your lame, party-avoiding friends watch John Oliver. --Peter Weber