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Late Night on Brexit

John Oliver expertly manages to make the British election funny

If you found yourself struggling to keep up with (or care about) the British general election that took place last week, fear not, John Oliver is here to help. On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, he explained why the U.K. is in the midst of a "crumpetf—k of epic proportions" that is entirely the making of one Prime Minister Theresa May.

After voluntarily calling the general election to boost her own power going into Brexit negotiations, May got a rude awakening when she lost her Conservative Party's majority in Parliament. How did this happen? Well, it might have something to do with her inability to provide a straight answer to the question of how, exactly, she intends to negotiate the terms of the U.K.'s upcoming split from the European Union. Oliver explains the stakes: What happens to EU citizens living in the U.K.? What about Northern Ireland? And what about all those pet passports that will need to be obtained?!

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is chipping away at her majority whilst embarking on "history's most catastrophic rounding of second base."

The Brexit negotiations will be tough, and the catastrophic general election certainly hasn't made anything easier. But, Oliver says, "British politics, when done well, can be very fun." Indeed. Watch below (but beware NSFW language). Jessica Hullinger