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John Oliver takes on Pence — and his pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo

Comedian John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
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Comedian John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

Warning: Video contains explicit language

Comedian John Oliver likes exactly one thing about Vice President Mike Pence — his family’s pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo.

Pence’s family is releasing a children’s book Monday centered around their Instagram-famous pet, titled “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President.”

On HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Oliver admitted that Marlon Bundo is an “objectively good name for a bunny,” and said that the rabbit is “the most likeable thing about an otherwise unlikeable man — like how George W. Bush is a perfectly fine painter. Or how Bill Cosby raised Americans’ awareness about pudding. Or how Roger Ailes is dead. Sometimes you can’t deny that there is one thing you like about someone.”

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Oliver spent much of the 20 minute segment regaling the audience with stories of Pence’s perceived homophobia and sexism, which included Pence’s support of evangelical Christian author James Dobson, founder of socially conservative Focus on the Family, and Pence’s scorn toward the Disney film “Mulan,” because it portrayed women in combat.

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Disgusted that Marlon Bundo’s good name is associated with a book tour that includes a stop at Focus on the Family, Oliver made his own announcement.

“It turns out, in a complete coincidence, we also wrote a book about Mike Pence’s rabbit, that is also being published,” Oliver gleefully told the audience while pulling out a copy of his book, which looked quite similar to the Pence family’s version. “In fact, while his is out tomorrow, ours is being released right now.”

Last Week Tonight writer Jill Twiss wrote the show’s book, “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” which follows the bunny as he — you see where this is going — falls in love with another male bunny.

Twiss’s book, illustrated by Hoosier artist E.G. Keller, is on sale at BetterBundoBook.com and FocusOnTheFurmily.com, both of which are digs at the vice president. According to Oliver, all proceeds will support the Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ+ youth, and AIDS United, an organization working to end the AIDS epidemic in the US.

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The hardcover is $18.99, and free e-books are available to anyone who makes a donation of at least $11.99 to either charity.

There is also a $1.99 Audible audiobook, narrated by Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, and RuPaul.

While Oliver assured the audience that the story is appropriate for children, there are some definite digs at Pence in the book itself, which features an angry stink bug with some very-familiar-looking white hair.

Martha Schick can be reached at martha.schick@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MarthaSchick.