We are currently in a time where the face of political satire is changing. The Colbert Report is no more, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has just come to an end, and the world seems to be more PC than ever. Well, a new generation is being ushered in including Trevor Noah to The Daily Show, Larry Wilmore hosting The Nightly Show, and someone who has been attacking the medium on a much deeper level, not just skimming the surface and joking about the trivial. And that’s said to not take anything away from those who came before him, it’s just under much different circumstances. And that person is comedian, writer, actor and activist Lee Camp.
He’s on his way toward two decades of stand-up, releasing three DVDs and two stand-up albums along the way as well as three books. As an activist, Camp is a supporter of Occupy Wall Street and has collaborated with Peter Joseph, the Zeitgeist movement founder – and his series Culture in Decline. He started a web series, Moment of Clarity, back in March 2011. It became a short podcast as well in June, 2011. There have been over 240 episodes. He’s performed at both Just For Laughs in Montreal as well as Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was featured in the book ¡Satiristas!. Camp bears a tattoo on his left forearm, 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 that can transform the world.” I recently caught up with Camp to discuss the news of his show, Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp, going international and his home at RT America. Here’s our interview:
Congratulations on going International with Redacted Tonight!
Yeah, thanks! Redacted Tonight is now in 700 million homes around the world including countries like the UK, Germany, and Australia. And I’ve been getting some e-mails from South Africa so that’s pretty exciting.
Does it affect how you operate the show or what stories to go after and cover?
Not a whole lot. I guess when I’m looking at various stories and I’m deciding between some, if one seems more like a global story I might be more likely to do it. Outside of that, I really want to continue what I am and what my career is and that is an American, in America, talking about American subjects that affect Americans.
Now luckily, or really unluckily for the planet, most things I’m talking about in terms of politicians, corruption, money in politics, global warming, evil trade deals, technology, massive corporations, most of it is international now. So even though I try and center things around America and American issues, it all seems to be going international because our world is getting smaller and smaller by the minute and that means evil travels faster.
Hopefully your news will travel faster as well now right?
There’s a lot of positive to it as well. It means that information is global now and it can travel around the world very quickly. All of our stuff, all of Redacted Tonight can be found online, which means even in the countries we’re not airing it can be watched. It’s also how we’ve ended up seeing the first global movement and protest ever, at least spontaneous ones that traveled quickly such as Occupy or the Zeitgeist movement. All of a sudden you can see global movements which you couldn’t see before.