“Jesters do oft prove prophets.” Those words were penned by William Shakespeare in “King Lear.”
The iconic playwright and master of the written word recognized that humor can delegitimize anything. This observation especially applies to America’s political system. Late night viewers can watch as comedians lampoon, ridicule candidates for higher office, and use their comedic soapboxes to warn about the decay of American democracy … one laugh at a time.
Lee Camp, a comedian and host of the RT America program “Redacted Tonight,” uses his program to not only mock the corporate and political forces that are transforming America into an oligarchy, but to remind his audience that they have a moral and civic obligation to peacefully protest against the forces that dare rob them of their future. Camp recently spoke to me about the role of a comedian as it relates to electoral politics, and to talk about the influence of comedic legends such as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and George Carlin.
Kevin Patrick Kelly: What do you see as the role of comedy in electoral politics?