While many comics avoid current events, Jimmy Dore revels in them. Now more than ever. “These days there’s a lot of stuff happening,” he says. “There’s the gay marriage, the medical marijuana, there’s the stimulus bill, the depression, banking criminals.”
He scoffs at the notion that some people had that the election was the end-all, be-all of topical comedy. “Like no one’s going to give a shit,” he says.
“No one was going to have anything to talk about.”
Dore feels that tough economic times are actually better for his line of work. “When Bill Clinton was president, even though there were a lot of Bill Clinton jokes to go around, comedy clubs weren’t really doing that well. Comedy really had a resurgence when George Bush became president. Comedy is that thing that people need to rebel.” He recalls the late George Carlin’s feeling that it was man’s search for justice.
“I tend to agree with that,” he says. “We all know comedians who are light and fluffy and just like to talk about puppies and chocolate, and daffodils, but those aren’t the kind that keep me up.”
Dore performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas. $8-$12. Get details, buy tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here.