John Oliver offers Russel Crowe's jockstrap to Anchorage Blockbuster

John Oliver offers Russel Crowe's jockstrap to Anchorage Blockbuster

As has been previously reported, Alaska is home to over 50% of the country's final Blockbuster stores. That's down from 10 as of a year ago.

Oliver announced his second-hand haul in the latest episode of his talk show, and in true Last Week Tonight style, he wasn't quite done there. The Blockbuster in tiny North Pole, Alaska just closed its doors this month and another in Anchorage closed in February.

Last Week Tonight pledged to donate the goods to a worthy cause.

Oliver, 40, had been taking a look at the last Blockbuster in Alaska before he mentioned Crowe's recent "The Art of Divorce" auction, which saw the actor sell off an array of artifacts from his career in the wake of his split from ex-wife Danielle.

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Years after the video rental franchise that once boasted more than 6,000 stores across the USA shuttered a lot of them, Blockbuster has reportedly been able to stay open in Alaska due to spottier internet service there, making it harder to stream movies on services like Netflix.

Come on: Are you not entertained?

Oliver suggested that the Blockbuster store could put the items on display as a "fun, movie-themed way" to draw customers and stay in business. All the manager there needs to do to claim this stuff is to call within 48 hours.

Watch the full 16-minutes segment below, but the main takeaway is pretty simple: "We just had a huge chance to reform our tax code and we absolutely blew it", Oliver said.

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