WATCH: CN Live! New Episode–‘The Truth is a Joke’

A CN Live! election comedy special with Randy Credico, Lee Camp, Ron Placone & Juice Media.

Comedians seem to have a special license to speak truth about politics that mainstream journalists don’t. 

“Political jokes are the citizens’ response to the state’s efforts to standardise their thinking and to frighten them into witholding criticism and dissent. Freud said that jokes are especially suited for ridiculing people in high places who we would otherwise fear to attack because of inner or outer inhibitions. The political joke perfectly illustrates this point. The politically powerless use it as a tribunal through which to pass judgements on society where other ways of doing so are closed to them.” – Gregor Benton, “The Origins of the Political Joke”, essay in Humour and Society, 1988.

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10 comments for “WATCH: CN Live! New Episode–‘The Truth is a Joke’

  1. Dr. Sven Sudler
    October 25, 2020 at 04:58

    Randy Credico is almost like a role model. That he wanted a shoutout for Julian shows how passionate an admittet to the cause he is. Honouring this great autodidakt from germany, i will try to Hyperlink Marlene Dietrich: „where have all the good men gone?“

    • Dr Sven Sudler
      October 25, 2020 at 05:03


      It‘s correct title is where have all the flowers gone

  2. CNfan
    October 24, 2020 at 18:23

    The redacted exchange from the Trump-Biden debate:

    Biden: He says I’m corrupt! He took billions from Sheldon Adelson and completely sold out our Middle East policy to Israel! Burisma was PEANUTS compared to that!

    Trump: You not only did Burisma, Joe. As soon as Kamala joined your ticket she started raking in billions of Israeli money! You think they’re giving you all that money because they like your hair cut? They know you’ll be their perfect little puppet!

    Biden: I’m nobody’s puppet, man. That’s ridiculous! I’m a true blue Zionist, through and through. I believe in the wars for Israel. You don’t. I delivered the Iraq war. You’ve been dragging your heels on going to war with Iran. You talk big, but you don’t deliver.

    Trump: I deliver! I delivered Jerusalem! I delivered Golan! All that beautiful oil. I assassinated Soleimani! If Sheldon wants Iran nuked, I’ll nuke it, but at the right time. Say you’ll nuke Iran, Joe, go ahead, say it!

    Biden: I’ll obliterate Iran, if necessary.

  3. PEG
    October 24, 2020 at 15:52

    Super program – never expected a CN comedy hour! Credico, Camp and Placone are great comedians and progressives. But there was an empty seat at the table – Jimmy Dore was missing.

  4. Me Myself
    October 24, 2020 at 04:18

    Comedians are a great lubricant for the hard to digest truth. Like a spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down.
    Keep up the good work guys! You are appreciated.
    I would like to give a special shout out to Michelle Wolf @ 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

  5. DJ
    October 24, 2020 at 03:22

    Smother’s Brother’s Comedy Hour Presidential candidate = Pat Paulson

  6. remo morris
    October 23, 2020 at 21:00

    That’s good….yeah…comedy…here we have the hockey-stick graph of Chinese influence through BIDEN.con out front and center…

    all that influence brought straight into DNC and the MOCKINGBIRDs stop tweeting….anything ….a D notice must’ve been issued to mainstream…silence..unfarking believable!! ..a…this media omerta makes 911 demo/cover-up a cake walk !

  7. cjonsson
    October 23, 2020 at 20:48

    Pat Paulson ran for president too.


  8. cjonsson
    October 23, 2020 at 20:41

    The comedian who ran for president you were trying to remember might have been Dick Gregory.

    From Wikipedia

    Political career
    Gregory began his political career by running against Richard J. Daley for Mayor of Chicago in 1967. Though he did not win, this would not prove to be the end of his participation in electoral politics.[45]

    Gregory ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party, which had broken off from the Peace and Freedom Party. He garnered 47,097 votes, including one from Hunter S. Thompson,[46] with fellow activist Mark Lane as his running mate in some states. His running mate in New Jersey was Dr. David Frost of Plainfield, a biologist, Rutgers professor, and Chairman of NJ SANE (Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy). Famed pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock was the running mate in Virginia[47] and Pennsylvania[48] garnering more than the party he had left.[49] The Freedom and Peace Party also ran other candidates, including Beulah Sanders for New York State Senate and Flora Brown for New York State Assembly.[50] His efforts landed him on the master list of Nixon’s political opponents.

    Gregory then wrote the book Write Me In about his presidential campaign. One anecdote in the book relates the story of a publicity stunt that came out of Operation Breadbasket in Chicago. The campaign had printed dollar bills with Gregory’s image on them, some of which made it into circulation, causing considerable problems, but priceless publicity. The majority of these bills were quickly seized by the federal government.[51] A large contributing factor to the seizure came from the bills resembling authentic United States currency enough that they worked in many dollar-cashing machines of the time. Gregory avoided being charged with a federal crime, later joking that the bills could not really be considered United States currency, because “everyone knows a black man will never be on a U.S. bill.”[52] On October 15, 1969, Gregory spoke at the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam demonstration in Washington, D.C. where he joked to the crowd: “The President says nothing you kids do will have any effect on him. Well, I suggest he make one long-distance call to the LBJ ranch”.[53]

      October 23, 2020 at 21:57

      No, Irwin Corey also ran for president.

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