Lee Camp to play stand-up dates in Glasgow and Edinburgh

The US comedian discusses his politicized comedy

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Lee Camp to play stand-up dates in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Were US satirist Lee Camp to retire from the comedy game tomorrow, he can always say he once made Jeremy Paxman giggle like a teenage girl. On Newsnight last autumn via satellite, Camp was involved in a debate over a gaffe made by Republican presidential nominee Rick Perry. Sharp as a pin and funny with it, Camp had his own Tea Party opponent reeling and Paxman chortling. ‘I didn’t know much about him [Paxo] before I went on but I was glad when I heard that he had laughed,’ recalls Camp. ‘I didn’t find out til afterwards when a bunch of people on Twitter were talking about him cracking up.’

It’s not just fearsome news hosts that Camp has been making laugh; the likes of Janeane Garofalo, Roseanne Barr and Rain Pryor have been digging his rabble-rousing left-leaning schtick with its roots in the establishment-baiting provocations of George Carlin and Bill Hicks and which shares contemporary ground with Doug Stanhope and Jamie Kilstein.

A shy kid, Camp recalls his first gig at the age of 19 at an open mic night in front of some rednecks in Virginia who had been expecting a guitar band. ‘It went well enough that I didn’t jump off a bridge later and I was quickly addicted to being up on stage. My comedy started very observational but grew because I became more politically aware and I decided that if I was being given the gift of having a paying audience hearing what I say, I wanted what I had to say to matter. Laughter is the number one reason I’m up there but a close second is to say something important.’

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