Oliver is not a stranger to stunts that prove a point, like when he became a televangelist to get un-taxable donations or when he purchased ads for "Jeff the Diseased Lung in a Cowboy Hat" as a new spokesperson for big tobacco. But this week's stunt may have transcended stunt-dom entirely, changing the lives of 9,000 people.
Before the big reveal, Oliver proclaimed, "Debt buying is a grimy business, and it badly needs more oversight. As it stands, any idiot can get into it. I can prove that to you, because I'm an idiot. And we started a debt-buying company. And it was disturbingly easy."
His new company, Central Asset Recovery Professionals, short for “C.A.R.P., after the bottom-feeding fish,” was offered this package of medical debt after starting a bare bones website following the creation of their company "in Mississippi" (they were able to do it online).