We all think we're hysterical when we sit on the couch and bark back one-liners at the clowns talking on the teevee. But we're no Jimmy Dore, who whips back caustically comic snappers to politicians, pundits and Tony Danza with equal ease at the monthly Pop & Politics with Jimmy Dore . He's the smart aleck's smart aleck. The heir to Jon Stewart? Discuss. Libby Molyneaux
LAW: You've said that comedy is a powerful tool -- what would you like to accomplish with your comedy?
If I can make people laugh hysterically while getting them to understand how we are all now being completely fucked by a system set up to benefit a small group of ruling elite, then I think I have done my job.
Do you ever miss George Bush?
I did for a while, but as luck would have it, we then we got a new president who is also a puppet of Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, and who also came up with a healthcare plan that is big giveaway to big pharma- and the health-insurance industry. So, it's like he never left really.
Who would be your dream guests on "Pop and Politics?
A Fox news viewer, then I could get inside his mind and find out what doesn't make it work.
If you could give Obama one piece of advice, what would it be?
Quit being a shitty president.
What news shows do you watch? Who's the most inane newscaster?
Tom Brokaw. I mean for just his sheer lack of doing anything to actually help inform America about the issues that matter, it's gotta be Tom Brokaw. Wanna know what Tom was doing while our ruling elite was crushing the middle class and creating the biggest ponzi scheme in history, one that would soon crash the worlds economy? He was writing a book about how great a country we used to be. Well, thanks for the heads-up, Tommy. You've managed to miss every major news story of the last 25 years, and keep the public uniformed while kissing their ass and looking like a wise muckracker. (Sorry, corporate newsman make me puke a little.)
What's been your favorite scandal of the last year?
Whenever a politician or a religious leader speaks out against gay marriage, it seems like it is just a matter of time before that guy gets caught with a piece of a man in his mouth. So Larry Craig and Ted Haggart are up there. But Virginia governor and super-Christian Mark Sanford's recent sex trips to Argentina have also been fantastic. He has forever given new meaning to the term Appalachian Trail.
Who do people say you look like?
A sexy Ralph Nader, or an ugly George Clooney.
If you weren't a comic, what would you be?
If you could call a moratorium on one overused stand-up premise, what would it be?
Comedy is best when it is trying to topple the mighty. I wish comedians would quit making fun of the homeless. Can we aim a little higher? In a world that is ripe with criminals, corruption and empty celebrity, you have to be a special kind of lazy to still find time to make fun of the homeless.
Sat., Feb. 6, 10 p.m., 2010