“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver made fun of “Long Island Medium” star Theresa Caputo’s psychic skills.
Oliver mocked Caputo, who claims she can speak to the dead, on last weekend’s episode, uploaded on YouTube on February 25, 2019.
The host then discussed the techniques mediums like Caputo use to mimic speaking to the dead, such as cold reading, in which a medium takes high probability guesses.
“The crazy thing about these shows is how they chose to focus on these psychics' personal lives,” Oliver said. “Who gives a s– about that? If I actually believed they could communicate with the dead, that is the only thing I'd want to see them doing.”
He added: “The ‘Long Island Medium’ can ask Abraham Lincoln, Ghandi and Shakespeare anything she wants, so tune in next week as she thinks about getting bangs!”
He admitted that mediums could often bring viewers to tears, making them effective personalities for TV
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“Although, I will say it is weird that the conduit to the afterlife is for some reason Theresa Caputo, living proof of what would happen if you added too much baking soda to Edie Falco,” he said.
The host then discussed the techniques mediums like Caputo use to mimic speaking to the dead, such as cold reading, in which a medium takes high probability guesses. He also claimed that mediums could research their subjects’ personal information ahead of time.
Oliver then played a clip of Caputo’s appearance on Meredith Vieira’s show. During this guesting, Caputo tried to explain why a murder victim would not reveal her killer’s identity.
“If I was murdered, I would definitely name names as a ghost,” Oliver said. “It's not like one of the rules in heaven is ghost snitches get ghost stitches. As we know in heaven, the only rule is no f– the clouds.”
The frank host then created a parody hosting a mock talk show, “Wake Wakey With John Oliver”.
He spoke to Staten Island psychic and the author of “These Freakin' Spirits, Lemme Tell Ya” Wanda Jo Oliver (Rachel Dratch), a parody of Caputo.
The episode has been viewed more than 5 million times on YouTube.