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It's Now The John Oliver Sewage Treatment Plant — Danbury Mayor One-Ups Comedian

Left, comedian John Oliver, right Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.
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Left, comedian John Oliver, right Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

The mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, has escalated a tongue-in-cheek war of words between the city and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver — he’s named a sewage treatment plant after the comedian.

It started as a weird aside in the middle of Oliver’s monologue about jury selection. Just a note -- this aside is completely unrelated to the topic of jury selection.

“*Bleep* Danbury! From its charming railway museum to its historic Hearthstone Castle, Danbury, Connecticut can eat my whole *bleep.*”

Oliver doesn’t actually say anything bad about Danbury — in fact, he mentions USA Today named it the second-best city to live in 2015. But, you know, it’s a comedy bit.

“If you’re from there, you got a standing invite to come get a thrashing from John Oliver, children included, *bleep* you.”

Danbury mayor Mark Boughton responded with a profane video of his own.

“Behind me you’ll see the city of Danbury sewer plant. And we are gonna rename it the John Oliver Memorial sewer plant. Why? Because it’s full of *bleep.* Just like you, John.”

Oliver also made fun of Boughton and other American mayors in 2017 over videos they made seeking to attract Amazon's second world headquarters. In Boughton's response, he also mentions that Amazon has decided to open a distribution facility in Danbury.