Watch John Oliver and Michael Bolton Serenade the Unsung Heroes Working for the IRS


Everyone hates the IRS. And as Tax Day nears, complaints about the much-despised agency grow louder and angrier. On the latest “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver dedicated his show to defending the IRS and its employees, who are subjected to working a thankless, challenging job everyday.

“Blaming the IRS because you hate paying your taxes is a bit like slapping your checkout clerk because the price of eggs has gone up,” Oliver said. “It’s not her fault, she’s just trying to help you get out of the store.”

Recent budgets cuts, coupled with constant changes to complicated tax laws only make the situation worse.

Of course, asking viewers to sympathize with the IRS is a difficult task. To help, Oliver recruited singer Michael Bolton to serenade a wonderful ode to the agency, “the anus of our country.” Because as the lyrics note, you’ll never “miss your anus till it’s gone.” Watch below:

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