Lee Camp (comedian)

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Lee Camp
Lee Camp, Rosario Dawson & Mark Bartlett (27878598131) (Lee Camp cropped).jpg
Born (1980-07-21) July 21, 1980 (age 38)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
MediumStand-up, Television, Film, Podcast
NationalityAmerican
EducationUniversity of Virginia
Years active1994–present
GenresBlack comedy, Political satire, Observational comedy
Subject(s)Society
Notable works and rolesThe Green Room with Paul Provenza

Moment of Clarity (on YouTube and podcast)

Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp
Websitewww.leecamp.net

Lee Camp (born July 21, 1980) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and activist. He is the host of the weekly comedy news show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America.

Early life[edit]

Camp was born July 21, 1980 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and lived in Bethesda, Maryland, until 1989. His father is a psychoanalyst who served 20 years in the military as a doctor. His mother is a social worker. In 1989 the family moved to Richmond, Virginia, where Camp stayed until he went to college at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He started writing comedy when he was 12; Camp's humorous columns were printed in the high school literary magazine. Upon arriving at the University of Virginia, he won a competition to become the humor columnist for the school newspaper "The Cavalier Daily". Camp then wrote a weekly humor column for all four years he attended the university. He began performing stand-up comedy on his 19th birthday at an open-mic night at Matt's Pub in Richmond.[1] At Richmond Comedy Club, Camp gained his first paying gigs. He also performed regularly throughout the rest of his time at the University of Virginia, opening for Jimmy Fallon, Darrell Hammond, Lewis Black, and Tracy Morgan when they came to do shows at the school.[citation needed] In his final year of college, Camp self-published a book of his humor columns entitled Neither Sophisticated Nor Intelligent. Upon graduation he moved to New York City.

Career[edit]

Stand-up[edit]

Camp spent the following years performing three shows per night at Ha! Comedy Club, N.Y.C. and performing at between 70 and 100 colleges per year.

Camp performed at the first five Netroots Nations for the liberal blogosphere as well as the 2008 Democratic National Convention, performing during presentations that also featured Pres. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Harry Reid, and John Edwards.

In 2008, before the presidential campaign he appeared on Fox News morning show Fox & Friends. They asked him to do left-wing jokes along with a right-wing comedian. Instead he went live on air saying "What is Fox News? It's just a parade of propaganda, isn't it? It's just a...festival of ignorance."[2] The video clip was viewed by millions.

He was featured running for president on Comedy Central's Fresh Debate '08, and also appeared on ABC's Good Morning America that year.

His web series Moment of Clarity started in March 2011. It became a short podcast as well in June 2011. There have been over 240 episodes.

Camp is a regular performer at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He is featured in the book ¡Satiristas! by Paul Provenza and Dan Dion.

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 than can transform the world."[3]

On December 16, 2013, Camp appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.[4]

Writing[edit]

Camp's first book was Neither Sophisticated Nor Intelligent, a collection of his best humor columns from The Cavalier Daily, the University of Virginia newspaper. Cartoons were supplied by his younger brother Dean, who is also a filmmaker and author. Dean has a hit web video called Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, and the children's book of the same name was a New York Times bestseller.

With Nick Alexander and Alan Lord, Camp co-authored the 2005 BIGfib Book of Bollocks, a collection of stories from the satirical website BIGfib.com. Camp has been a contributor to The Onion since February 2009 and was a staff comedy writer for The Huffington Post for ten months.[5] He wrote and hosted OnDemand's "The Movie Loft" for three months in 2009.

Television[edit]

Camp was a staff writer for the 2009 TV comedy Inside the Cinema. He also frequently featured on the Showtime show The Green Room with Paul Provenza.[citation needed] He is now the host and head writer of the weekly comedy news show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp, which airs every Friday at 8pm EST on RT network. The show has been criticized for its perceived support of a Russian agenda.[6][7]

Activism[edit]

Camp is a supporter of Occupy Wall Street[8] and has collaborated with Peter Joseph, the Zeitgeist movement founder - and his new series Culture in Decline.[9]

Camp has been vocal about speciesism and its role in perpetuating animal cruelty within the factory farming system and beyond.[10]

Discography[edit]

DVD[edit]

  • Sometimes Funny Hurts (2007)
  • Lee Camp Live At Comix (2009)
  • We Are Nothing (2014)

CD[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Dealbreaker Waiter
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bart Episode: "Intoxicated"
2006 Exposing the Order of the Serpentine Ashamed man

References[edit]

  1. ^ "interview on Cara's Basement". Retrieved 16 November 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The Raw Story - Comedian Lee Camp: Fox News a 'festival of ignorance'". rawstory.com. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Moment of Clarity podcast, beg. 10:40 min". Retrieved 16 November 2017.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ JoeRogan (16 December 2013). "JRE #429 - Lee Camp". Retrieved 16 November 2017 – via Vimeo.
  5. ^ e.g. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lee-camp/11-ways-you-know-the-gulf_b_790513.html
  6. ^ Simon, Scott (December 16, 2017). "A Look At RT's 'Redacted Tonight'". NPR. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ Zinoman, Jason (June 7, 2017). "An American Comic on a Russian Channel: What He Avoids Speaks Volumes". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  8. ^ LeeCamp (25 September 2011). ""The Police Are On The Wrong Side At The Occupy Wall Street Protests" - MOC #79". Retrieved 16 November 2017 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-01-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "LEE CAMP". www.facebook.com.

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