By Megan Daley
January 20, 2015 at 09:51 PM EST
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John Oliver hasn’t just been telling jokes on his HBO show Last Week Tonight. The show, which returns Feb. 8, has examined in-depth political issues, crashed government websites, and inspired new legislation, and Oliver has brought issues like net neutrality, the Miss America pageant, and The Washington Post‘s “Stop and Seize” investigation to the fore. In a recent post, Time explores the phenomenon of the “John Oliver effect” and its real-life impact.

Time suggests that while Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart “spend as much time lampooning the news media covering world events as they do analyzing events themselves,” Oliver’s show is a “standout.”

Head over to Time to see how the “effect” has made a real-life difference.