Comedian John Oliver on "The Tonight Show" on Monday, March 28, 2022. (Photo: NBC via Getty Images)
Why’s your electric bill so high?
“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver has some answers ― starting with a bizarre system in which electric companies have a massive financial incentive to build new infrastructure, but no incentive to maintain what already exists.
The results aren’t just higher costs for residents.
Oliver said he’d normally bring out a mascot to show how “terrible and horrifying” utilities are.
But he didn’t have to in this case.
“They already made a murderous hell-demon almost 100 years ago,” he said, referring to an extremely creepy long-ago mascot for power companies called Reddy Kilowatt.
He regretted it almost instantly.
“I could kill you right now and there’s nothing anyone could do about it,” Reddy Kilowatt declared.
Then, he did exactly that.
“I am gonna get such a fine for that,” Oliver declared with a cackle as the show ended with a tribute to the host:
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.