John Oliver’s gay version of a story about Mike Pence’s bunny is outselling the book it’s parodying

John Oliver’s hilarious pro-LGBT version of a children’s story about Vice President Mike Pence’s rabbit is outselling the original book.

The comedian took aim at Pence on the latest episode of his HBO show Last Week Tonight, criticising the Vice President for his anti-LGBT views and his support of Donald Trump.

As part of a wider segment about the Vice President, Oliver announced the release of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo”.

(Instagram/last week tonight)

The book parodied a children’s story released by Pence’s family about their rabbit, Marlon Bundo – but Oliver’s team beat the Pences’ release date by a day.

And the book championed by Oliver, about a gay rabbit with a rainbow bow-tie who falls in love, is now the number-one bestseller on Amazon – three places above the Pences’ book.

Not only is it outselling the original, but the Last Week Tonight book has more than 3,000 five-star ratings, whereas the Pence book has a mere 56 reviews.


Illustrated by Karen Pence, the wife of the Vice President, and written by their daughter Charlotte, their book is called Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President.

Oliver hit out at the book’s upcoming tour, which will involve a stop with Focus on the Family, a group which has promoted gay ‘cure’ therapy.

He explained that the Pences’ family rabbit was the “most likeable thing about an otherwise unlikable man”.


When Oliver introduced the book, he said: “Now, there are a few small differences between the two books… Our Marlon Bundo is gay.”

The comedian then described the story as a “very special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.”

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