This device is on fire: Samsung is mocked brutally in this latest John Oliver HBO special


John Oliver, the angry Englishman comedian, runs Last Week Tonight, one of the most successful and witty comedy shows on HBO, and its latest target is Samsung.

The topic of the brutal mockery that Samsung was subjected to? Exploding devices. Sure, it might be a bit late: it's been months since Samsung recalled defective Galaxy Note units, but it's also not too late, as in just two weeks Samsung will unveil its 'next big thing', the Galaxy S8.

Meanwhile, Samsung has not only recalled defective Galaxy Note 7 devices, but is said to have led a rigorous investigation to nail down the cause of the exploding units and to prevent such issues from happening in the future. The company has even pushed back the release of its hugely important Galaxy S8.

Still, while we here are a bit tired of the countless 'exploding' Samsung phones memes, it's worth pointing out that comedy remains one of the best weapons against some of the biggest issues of our time. And this brutal mockery of Samsung, narrated by the brilliant Rob Corddry, is certainly fun to watch.

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42 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"And this brutal mockery of Samsung, narrated by the brilliant Rob Corddry, is certainly fun to watch." SMH

21. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

shaking upwards or sidewards?

31. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I guess it's upwards like anybody else lol

33. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAHAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAA​AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA THIS IS TOO FUNNY!

40. logicsdude

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

would've been better if the watch had worked

2. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I wish Touchwiz would catch fire and die.

4. Macready

Posts: 1816; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Get with the times. Touchwiz has been "dead" for quite some time.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

In name only. It pretty much still lives on.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30962; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder how much the Note 7 issue, will affect sales of the S8. Gotta figure quite a few people, will be reluctant to buy it...at least early on. I think as no issues pop up, and positive word of mouth spreads, it'll generate more sales.

14. TerryTerius unregistered

I think you are generally right, but there is inevitably going to be some device that has an issue or catches on fire just because of the sheer volume of phones being sold. That has happened to Sony, HTC, LG, Apple, and everyone else. But, because of the particularly bad press Samsung had for that specific issues, it won't be looked at in the same context. That is inevitably going to happen unfortunately, it's just a question of when.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30962; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True words. The bad press they got, was far worse than the rest combined...especially the airline press.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you are talking modern culture. That issue was over 30 days ago. The majority of the public has forgotten it already.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30962; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, ok.

5. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

John Oliver is more of a flaming wreck than the note 7

11. TerryTerius unregistered

I knew that there was going to be someone in here who would feel the need to attack John personally. Didn't have to scroll far to find it.

13. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Isnt that what John does to those who oppose his views?

15. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm guessing that he covered a subject or person in a way you didn't like. I have never seen John personally go after someone in a way that wasn't based on the substance of their policies/ideas, or their actions. That was the case with prosperity gospel, his recent segment on the Republican health care plan, the slow resegregation of schools, sex education, bail, and so on. That said, he does crack jokes about people he disagrees with but that's the case for every single late night show host. we're all adults, I don't honestly think it's a big deal. A lot of right-leaning radio show hosts do it all the time. Human nature. How are you doing today?

26. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree He is a poor excuse of a comedian.

6. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Am I the only one not laughing? ._.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

John Oliver isn't funny... this mock-up ad isn't at all funny, its not even clever... I found those stupid iPhone mock-ups, at least, clever a bit, if not funny. This Samsung thing is just reaching, trying, hard... but failed...

25. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So agree

17. tedkord

Posts: 17296; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes...

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Funny and straight to the point. Nothing but the truth.

10. Medoohd

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 05, 2017

Tarnish the reputation of the company is not fair

12. TerryTerius unregistered

Samsung did that to themselves. I have an S7 edge as one of my two devices, and I previously had the S6 edge. I had the S3 a few years back. I like their products, and the company in general. But, what happened with the note 7 was an unforced error. The media may have blown it out of proportion and there were some false claims, but at the end of the day the entire issue was a result of Samsung not taking their time and doing thorough checks.

22. mikehunta727 unregistered

Samsung rushing the Note 7 is entirely their fault.

34. Subie

Posts: 2349; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Screwed up the battery design yes, but rush the Note 7 they did not. Unless you think a one year release cycle is rushed. The Note 7 was released within two days of the Note 5 the year before. If that's rushed then so is every phone release.

36. mikehunta727 unregistered

That's called being rushed. They didn't test out everything fully in the device before launching, (battery space in the phone, when the battery expands and deexpands in its limited space in the chassis, etc) And no I don't think yearly releases are rushes of products, but there is a ton of QC to be done on every single new product to find issues like this before launch

37. Subie

Posts: 2349; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

But then every time an oem of any type of tech has a bad hardware design or a software glitch the product is rushed. Every time a vehicle manufacturer has to do a safety recall is it because the product was rushed? If making sure that everything works absolutely perfectly and could never ever fail or have a glitch - then nothing would ever be put to market by any company. All these companies have had battery fires, hardware failures, and software glitches to one extent or another. That means that they've all "rushed" the QC on their products by the definition you just gave me. Samsung's failure with the Note 7 was just more colossal.

41. mikehunta727 unregistered

The definition I gave you applies to the Note 7, it was an actual fault with the chassis design for the battery that also made the battery design flaw worse. It was permanent and thus a total recall was initiated. The phone was rushed Like the iPhone 6 bendgate saga was due to the phone being rushed because there is really no way something like that gets past months of QC testing by thousands of people, was just not tested enough, same thing with the Note 7 Yes every company has had some hardware failures/batteries catching fire but that is not indicitave of a actual design flaw in the whole model, unlike bendgate in the iPhone 6 and batterygate in the Note 7, which was present in every single unit made Li-ion batteries are known to potentially just catastrophically fail, its a known factor in the technology but we still use it because the benefits much outweigh the negatives of it. Samsung's design of the note 7 battery chassis area and the battery design itself is why it happened, aka rushed and was not thoroughly tested in time of launch, they wanted to try and beat the iPhone 7 to the punch and thats what happened to Samsung, a botched launch

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