Writer and comedian Lee Camp inhabits a particular space in the comedy world. His attack pattern – combining hard-left political comedy with dedicated activism – has led to him performing in some interesting venues. He’s done sets in college lecture halls and at Occupy protests, and once even braved the hostile territory of Fox News to provide some, well, counterpoint views. In a video clip that quickly went viral, Lee opened with some gentle on-air musings: “What is Fox News? It’s just a parade of propaganda, isn’t it?”
Camp’s latest venue is the weekly comedy show “Redacted Tonight” – a satirical news program similar to “The Daily Show” which airs Fridays on the RT America cable and satellite network (not available locally). Lee also puts out his own video podcast, “ Moment of Clarity,” via YouTube.
Camp performs Saturday at the new DSI Comedy Theater space in Chapel Hill. He recently spoke to the N&O about pharmaceutical companies, Russian news networks and the enduring genius of The Onion.
Most networks wouldn’t have been a good fit for me. There’s only a few places that don’t have advertising. One of them is RT, and then you have HBO or something. That’s why you’ll see an edgier brand of comedy from (HBO’s) John Oliver, because he’s on a station without ads.
It has to get out every week, and I don’t know that I’d have had that kind of writing muscle if I hadn’t done that column in college. Also, I dated my editor, so that was nice.
There’s definitely some political stuff in there, but that’s completely not what I do. It’s more of along the lines of cultural criticism. It’s a longer view.