John Oliver gleefully mocked Matthew McConaughey’s recent virtual motivational seminar, titled the art of living, on Sundays Last week tonight.
McConaughey hosted the free virtual event on April 24 that reportedly attracted 2 million viewers from around the world and featured guests such as Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi, Marie Forleo and Trent Shelton. It turned out to be the launch of a (not free) called “immersive learning experience”. “Road trip: the highway to more” that costs $397 for viewers who have tuned in and is now priced against the $497 non-promotional offer.
According to the Austin American statesmanthe seminar included McConaughey sharing stories from his memoirs, Green lightand play a bongo.
“On a few occasions, McConaughey took his place on the drum as he read comments from viewers spilling their secret shame and desires,” the American statesman reported. “He paced back and forth toward the camera, often putting himself in extreme Norma Desmond close-up. His hands gestured wildly. He sliced through his own chicken-baked fortune cookies with that signature smooth laugh. His eyebrows must have traveled enough sky-high miles to get their pilot’s license.”
Of course, Oliver couldn’t let this pass his radar. On Sundays Last week tonight, the HBO host showed a slip of the seminar, which he noted was five and a half hours long.
In the clip, McConaughey shares a personal story: “In 1999, I had just dreamed that I was floating naked down a river, wrapped in anaconda sharks, piranhas and crocodiles. And along the edge of the river stood thousands of African tribesmen, each holding a shield and a spear. And it wasn’t a nightmare. It was actually a wet dream.”
Oliver replied, “Wow! What a twist at the end there.
Speaking and gesticulating as McConaughey did in the video, Oliver continued, “I know my dream may have had some pretty unpredictable racial imagery in there, but would it help to know that I ejaculated at the end of it.”
The Last week tonight host then summed up his confusion about the whole thing this way: “I’m not sure what lesson to take from it, except that if you try to do drugs with Matthew McConaughey, you will die.”