Putting Your Politics Into Your Act

by The Comedy Nerds on August 30, 2010

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Last week Michael Ian Black totally lost his shit on stage when an audience member compared Obama to Hitler.  Personally I’m glad he did it.  The audience member, not so much.

In this episode we look at how much a comedian should put their own politics and opinions into their act.  What is their responsibility to the audience?  What is their responsibility to themselves?

Also, find out what’s so special about September 2nd and why it makes Dan a happy (but very sad) person.

photo from flickr by lochnessjess

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Hartney September 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Just FYI, Columbus is a pretty liberal town. Say whatever the fuck you want there.

Tiffany September 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm

It is, and so are a lot of other major Ohio cities. We’ve still got our fair share of crazy people, tho. I actually saw Ian Bagg in a a suburb of Dayton a few weeks ago, and he made so many jokes about “Touchdown Jesus” burning down. It tore the room up. That absolutely wouldn’t have happened if the crowd was conservative-leaning.

Ian Boothby September 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm

If you change your act because you’re worried you’re going to offend a prejudiced group then you’re beyond a hack, you’re part of a bigger problem. If you’re going to the Bible Belt and you’ve got material about gay marriage and you don’t do it because you don’t want to be a “douche” to a bunch of bigots then you’re much worse than they are because unlike them, you know better.
You then stop being an artist and go down a few notches as a human being.

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