Jimmy Dore

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Jimmy Dore
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Dore at the 2016 edition of Politicon
James Patrick Anthony Dore

(1965-07-26) July 26, 1965 (age 53)
ResidencePasadena, California, U.S.
Alma materColumbia College Chicago
Years active1989–present
Political partyDemocratic (until 2016)
Independent (2016–present)
Spouse(s)Stefane Zamorano
Comedy career
YouTube information
Years active2011–present
Subscribers543.4 thousand
(20 April 2019)
Total views195.8 million
(20 April 2019)
NetworkThe Young Turks (2009–2019)
Independent (2019–present)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers October 2016[1]
Updated April 20, 2019
WebsiteOfficial website

James Patrick Anthony Dore (born July 26, 1965) is an American stand-up comedian and political commentator best known for hosting The Jimmy Dore Show.

Early life[edit]

Dore was born in southwest Chicago, Illinois on July 26, 1965, into a Catholic family of Polish and Irish descent. He has eleven siblings. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago[2] with a degree in marketing communications.[3] Dore started performing in 1989[4][5] and currently lives in Pasadena.



Dore has made appearances on late-night television on shows such as ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and NBC's Late Friday. He was the lead performer in a Comedy Central Presents half-hour special on April 9, 2004, and Comedy Central's Citizen Jimmy, a one-hour stand-up special which was chosen "Best of 2008" by iTunes. He was a writer–performer for the off-Broadway hit The Marijuana-Logues. He has also performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Amsterdam Comedy Festival, and for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.[5] He had a role in the 2008 documentary film Super High Me.

He hosted the podcast Comedy And Everything Else with his wife Stefane Zamorano and previously with Todd Glass, who departed from the show in late 2009.

He was also featured on episode 11 of FNX's First Nations Comedy Experience.[6] Much of his material is focused on the corporate news media, social criticism, and politics. He also hosts his monthly show, Left, Right & Ridiculous, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. Dore's first book, Your Country Is Just Not That Into You, was published in 2014. A comedy special, Sentenced to Live, was released on October 6, 2015.

The Jimmy Dore Show[edit]

In June 2009, he began producing The Jimmy Dore Show, a weekly one-hour comedic look at the news, which originates at KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, airs nationally on the Pacifica Radio Network. It aired online on TYT Network from 2009 to 2019. Dore appeared as a frequent guest host on Current TV's political commentary show The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur.

Writing in Critical Media Literacy and Fake News in Post-Truth America (Brill Publishers, 2018), Rob Williams describes Dore as having "a point of view, but he also promotes the free and open exchange of ideas, as well as tackling the Deep State, US imperialism, war, class warfare, and national politics in a way that is refreshing and stimulating."[7]

CNN describes Dore's show as "a far-left YouTube channel that peddles conspiracy theories, such as the idea that Syrian chemical weapons attacks are hoaxes".[8] Dore responded by saying that his show actually debunks conspiracy theories, "like the one that says Assad gassed his own people."[9]

Dore was supportive of the Bernie Sanders campaign in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, being called "Sanders-obsessed" by The Washington Post.[10] He was critical of Senator Elizabeth Warren for not defending Sanders in the primaries.[11] Since the 2016 presidential election, "Jimmy Dore has lit into Democrats for blaming hackers for their loss, raised doubts about the credibility of intelligence agencies, and seen the heavy hand of war hawks hyping the Russia connection to destabilize Europe and the Middle East," according to the Washington Post.[12] In May 2017, Dore promoted conspiracy theories over the murder of Seth Rich and questioned statements by law enforcement and Rich's family.[13] Dore cited a retracted Fox News story to substantiate his claims, and continued to insist that there were “a lot of red flags” and there “is probably something more to this story” even after the Fox News retraction.[14]

On April 13, 2019 during a livestream, Dore officially announced his departure from The Young Turks Network, citing a desire to focus on his own show and his live performances.[15] Later that evening, his former boss, Cenk Uygur, confirmed his departure on Twitter.[16]


  • It's Not Brain Surgery (2000)
  • Really? (2008)
  • Citizen Jimmy (2008)
  • It's 2016 (2016)


  1. ^ Dore, Jimmy (2016-10-20). "Thanks For 100,000 Subscribers & Beyond!". YouTube. The Jimmy Dore Show. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  2. ^ Great Britain Explained in a Way That Makes Sense https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od7R3lBQJcw
  3. ^ Almost No One Is Watching Morning Cable News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-6sXi29hIw
  4. ^ Carnes, Jim (June 21, 2006). "Comedian Jimmy Dore: TiVo to Mac to stage". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Perlman, Daniel (July 30, 2008). "Jimmy Dore: Waging War on Stupidity". Punchline Magazine. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Williams, Rob (2018). "Fighting "Fake News" in an Age of Digital Disorientation". In Christian Z. Goering; Paul. L. Thomas (eds.). Critical Media Literacy and Fake News in Post-Truth America. Brill Publishers. pp. 63–64. ISBN 978-9004365353.
  8. ^ Mezzofiore, Gianluca; Murphy, Paul P.; Yurieff, Kaya (April 20, 2018). "Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels". CNNMoney. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jimmy Dore on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Weigel, David (May 27, 2016). "Why The Young Turks, and their viewers, love Bernie Sanders". Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Wagner, John; Gearan, Anne; Weigel, David (July 1, 2016). "Does Hillary Clinton really need Elizabeth Warren on the ticket?". Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  12. ^ https://www.facebook.com/daveweigel?fref=ts. "Some on the left want Democrats to move on from Russian hacking". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  13. ^ "Analysis | The Seth Rich conspiracy shows how fake news still works". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  14. ^ Marcotte, Amanda. "Tale of 2 hoaxes: The Seth Rich conspiracy theory and "Conceptual Penis" prank both expose a fear of women's power". Salon. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  15. ^ Dore, Jimmy (2019-04-14). "Jimmy Dore Leaving TYT Explained". YouTube. The Jimmy Dore Show. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  16. ^ Uygur, Cenk [@cenkuygur] (April 13, 2019). "I had plenty of disagreements with @jimmy_dore in the last year but I always believed in him - and still do. He left @TheYoungTurks network today but he did it with incredible grace. I was proud to have him with us & be an independent voice checking us, as he does with all media" (Tweet). Retrieved April 13, 2019 – via Twitter.

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