"We're a comedy show, nothing more," he said. "We just try to make people laugh."[snip]
"The fact that some people prefer us to actual cable news is not a compliment to us," he told the crowd, "it's an insult to them."[snip]Oliver said that as a comedian, he is grateful for controversial political talkers like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, whom he described as "kind of a joke in themselves" and "beneath contempt." They engage only, he said, in "bone-chilling meandering."[snip]
Oliver was in his own element, in the crowd of more than a thousand progressives, and earned more laughs and cheers than any other speaker during the evening.