January 30, 2015 2:54 PM EST

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver loves to go on rants about everything from net neutrality to the Miss America pageant. As a guest on The Late Show Thursday, he launched into a much smaller-scale tirade about the upcoming Super Bowl.

It begins when David Letterman asks him if he’s been persuaded — since “brainwashed” isn’t the right word — into the Super Bowl way of life here in the U.S. “Oh, brainwashed is the right word, because I’m on a green card,” says Oliver, who’s from England. “And I think if I don’t watch the Super Bowl then I get ejected.”

Then Oliver goes on to explain how to him, the Super Bowl represents “Peak America” and how even though there are huge sporting events all over the world, this one is truly intimidating.

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