His philosophy on both is deeply intertwined.
“Comedy should speak truth to power,” he says from his home in Southern
California. “It should always be aimed upward. When it’s aimed downward, it’s
called bullying.” Dore has no time for comics who make fun of the homeless or
the obese, for example. “There are more worthy targets,” he says. “Oh, finally,
someone’s making fun of fat chicks. And somebody take the homeless down a few
pegs.” He would rather set his sights on the mighty in our society like the
Wall Street bankers. “If I could screw my wife half as good as Wall Street has
been screwing us,” he says, “I wouldn’t have to go through her emails.” When
not on stage, Dore hosts a podcast, Comedy
and Everything Else, and a radio show that’s also available as a podcast
called The Jimmy Dore Show. The
former deals with the world of comedy. The latter is more along the lines of The Daily Show and Real Time with Bill Maher, but with its own distinct and hilarious
way of looking at news and politics. Jimmy Dore performs at Go Bananas in
Montgomery Thursday through Sunday. 8 p.m. plus a 10:30 p.m. showing on Friday
and Saturday. $8-$12. 513-984-9288, gobananascomedy.com.