Category Archives: Political Comedians

Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo is an American film actress, stand-up comedian, liberal political activist, and writer. Garofalo began her career as a stand-up comedian and became a cast member on the Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and Saturday Night Live, then appeared in more than 50 movies, with leading or major roles in The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, The Matchmaker, Reality Bites, Steal This Movie!, Clay Pigeons, Sweethearts, Mystery Men, and The Independent, among numerous others. She stars with Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd in a 2015 Netflix eight-episode prequel to Wet Hot American Summer featuring most of the cast playing their original roles from the 2001 movie.

Garofalo is an outspoken progressive activist. From March 2004 to July 2006, she hosted Air America Radio’s The Majority Report with Sam Seder.

Chris Rock

Chris Rock is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director.

After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO.

He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. He was also voted in the United Kingdom as the ninth greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the eighth greatest stand-up comic.

D.L. Hughley

D. L. Hughley is an American actor, political commentator and stand-up comedian. He’s best known as the original host of BET’s ComicView from 1992-1993, the eponymous character on the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys and performed in The Original Kings of Comedy. Additionally, he has been the host of CNN’s D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, a correspondent for The Jay Leno Show on NBC, and a local radio personality and interviewer in New York City. In early 2013, D.L. Hughley landed in 9th place on Dancing with the Stars.

John Oliver

John Oliver is an British political satirist, writer, producer, television host, actor, voice actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian. He is widely known in the U.S. for hosting Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
He also co-hosts the satirical comedy podcast The Bugle and hosts John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central. In 2013, Oliver spent eight weeks as the guest host of The Daily Show. Oliver then left the show at the end of 2013 and began hosting Last Week Tonight on 27 April 2014. In his native Britain, Oliver is known for his appearances as a panelist on Mock the Week.

Lee Camp

Lee Camp is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and activist. He is the host of the weekly comedy news show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America.
Camp grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, until 1989. His father is a psychoanalyst who served 20 years in the military as a doctor. His mother is a social worker. He started writing comedy when he was 14, then got his humor columns printed in the high school literary magazine. He’s opened for Jimmy Fallon, Darrell Hammond, Lewis Black, and Tracy Morgan when they came to do shows at the university.
Camp performed at the first five Netroots Nations for the liberal blogosphere as well as the 2008 Democratic National Convention, performing during presentations that also featured Pres. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Harry Reid, and John Edwards.

He gained a lot of attention when he appeared on Fox News morning show Fox & Friends in 2008, when, before the presidential campaign, they asked him to do left-wing jokes along with a right-wing comedian. Instead he went live on air saying “What is Fox News? It’s just a parade of propaganda, isn’t it? It’s just a…festival of ignorance.” The video clip went viral online and was viewed by millions.

He was featured running for president on Comedy Central’s Fresh Debate ’08, and also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America that year.

Camp is a regular performer at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is featured in the new book ¡Satiristas! by Paul Provenza and Dan Dion.

Camp bears a tattoo, a quote from Howard Zinn, which says “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power than can transform the world.”

Maz Jobrani

Maziyar “Maz” Jobrani, also known as Persian Pink Panther, is an Iranian-American comedian and part of the Axis of Evil comedy group, which appeared on Comedy Central. Jobrani has also worked in numerous films, television shows, including Better Off Ted, on radio, and in comedy clubs. His filmography includes roles in The Interpreter, Friday After Next, and Dragonfly.

Jobrani has since made appearances on The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Talkshow with Spike Feresten, “Whitney”, and regularly performs at top comedy clubs in California and New York.

Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore began his career as a Stand-Up comedian and writer for other comedians. His first break as a writer in television was on IN LIVING COLOR, where he received an Emmy nomination. He went on to write for several sitcoms and co-created THE PJ’S, with Eddie Murphy, which was also nominated for an Emmy. He then created the critically acclaimed THE BERNIE MAC SHOW.Larry won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Humanitas award for his outstanding work as creator and executive producer of the THE BERNIE MAC SHOW.

Recently Larry has returned to his performing roots and has appeared on THE OFFICE as well as THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART.

Jim Morris

Comedian, Political Satirist and Impressionist Jim Morris sets his sights on the most prominent personalities in politics and popular culture, the major newsmakers, newscasters, and entertainers on the cutting edge and renders them in spot-on comic performances.

The 2008 hopefuls John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama joins the extraordinary cast headed by President George W. Bush with Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Al Gore plus Rush Limbaugh, Tom Brokaw, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and if the political spirits are just right, an appearance by Ronald Reagan’s Ghost.

Audiences rave over Jim’s ability to fully submerge himself within each character and comically envelop their particular political beliefs, moral ideologies, and personality quirks.

The Boston Herald described Jim as “a one-man Disney attraction with his own Hall of the Presidents.”

Kathy Griffin

Emmy Award-winning comedian, best-selling author, reality star and actress Kathy Griffin has yet to meet a celebrity that she won’t mock in the name of humor. She’s got a gift for making fun of her own life too, all the way back to her birth on November 4, 1960, in the Chicago burbs. This famous funny lady is also a highly recognized for LGBT community advocate.