When John Oliver and his Last Week Tonight team on the HBO show set out to troll Vice President Mike Pence, they had no idea it would become a phenomenon. On Sunday, John Oliver announced that staff writer Jill Twiss and illustrator E.G. Keller had penned a picture book that would poke fun at the Pence family’s own children’s book about their bunny, Marlon Bundo. In a deft hand of expert trolling, Oliver's team’s book not only beat the Pence family book on the charts, but has also sold 180,000 copies already and counting— currently riding high, as the number one book on Amazon.
Oliver talked about the book in a Tuesday interview with Seth Meyers. The Last Week book (entitled Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo) straight up rips into Pence family’s own book, titled Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President. While the Pence book is about Bundo following Vice President Mike Pence around for a day, Oliver's book is about Bundo falling in love with a boy bunny — directly going after Pence’s anti-L.G.B.T.Q. reputation. All proceeds of the Last Week Tonight book go to non-profit organizations the Trevor Project and AIDs United.
The book has even won over Pence's own daughter, “He’s giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we’re also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it,” she told The Hill.
Watch the hilarious clip of Oliver on The Late Show with Seth Meyers.