"At the time [the City Council] happened to be talking about banning payday lenders in Menlo Park, so it was really timely when you did the bit," Carlton said. "We watched and we listened very closely, and asked some questions in the City Council meeting -- some based on the information you provided."
The City Council ended up passing an ordinance that bans payday lenders, which offer quick cash at very high interest rates.
"That's amazing!" Silverman responded.
Carlton went on to thank Silverman for unwittingly playing a part in passing the legislation.
"Usually I write the things that I do, but that was a piece that was for the brilliant John Oliver show and it was actually written by the writers," Silverman said. "I've got to give them credit for that."
Listen to the complete Forum interview:
Watch the full segment on payday loans from "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver."