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.”