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Jonathan Leigh Solomon has worked in every comic medium. He began his career as a comedian, making regular appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, and over two dozen other talk and variety programs.

Writing for television he was on staff with Mad About You and Michael Moore’s TV Nation – and several other shows that have long been forgotten, and for good reason.

You can listen to Jonathan sharing fact-filled punditry on NPR, Sean Hannity, and other stops on the radio dial.

To learn more about Jonathan, sign up for his classes, or take advantage of his coaching/consulting services, visit his website at SchoolforStandUp.Com For a direct link to classes and products offered by Jonathan through the Writer’s Store, go to Jonathan at the Writers Store. You can contact Jonathan at Jonathan@SchoolforStandUp.Com

Entries by Jonathan Leigh Solomon

The NSA's Error-filled Transcripts of My Telephone Conversations

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 10:14 AM

If the NSA has worked up any transcripts of what I've said on the phone, they've probably gotten it wrong.

When I talk on the phone, I'm often unintelligible. Usually it's because I've misplaced the Bluetooth for my iPhone so I'm chatting via the speakerphone. (Often, I can't find...

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A Guide for the Undecided Voter

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 7:21 PM

Approximately 2 percent of voters have still not been able to make up their minds if they should vote for Mitt Romney on November 6.

I know why! The 2 percent are uncommonly thorough people who demand to know everything before making such a big decision. Problem is, Mitt...

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Mitt Romney - Candidate of the 99%

(5) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 6:03 PM

I had been sitting out the presidential race until now, hoping that Sonny Bono would throw his hat into the ring, but as soon as I was informed that he'd been dead for fourteen years, I decided it was time to get off the couch.

Once word got out that...

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Let Us Now Bash Robin Williams -- The Final Chapter

(45) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 10:31 PM

November of 2009, in response to Newsweek's "Twelve Comics Who Aren't Funny," I offer, "Let Us Now Bash Robin Williams Part I," in which I defended (most of) the unfunny twelve, and complained that the Newsweek writer, Sarah Ball, should have taken on sacred comedy cows...

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Let Us Now Bash Robin Williams... and George Carlin!

(57) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 8:00 PM

A quick chronology: November of 2009, in response to Newsweek's "Twelve Comics Who Aren't Funny,"
I offer in these pages, "Let Us Now Bash Robin Williams Part I," in which I defended (most of) the unfunny twelve, and protested that the author, Sarah Ball, should...

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If BP Was In Charge of Everything!

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 1:56 PM

If BP was in charge of everything...

The Titanic: Tony Hayward says he expects sinkage will be "very, very modest."

Apollo 13: "Houston, we have a problem! And, we want our shareholders to know that we have $2.63 billion in dividends that we plan to pay to them for the...

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Love Thy Birther

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 9:53 AM

A question for the holiday season: On your train ride home to see the family, you sat down next to a stranger. As strangers often do, they tell you many personal details of their lives: no health insurance, non-union service job that pays $9.50 an hour, a sister who needs...

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Lyndon Johnson's Thoughts on Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 12:29 PM

One of the many already stateable tragedies of President Obama and Afghanistan is that while Lyndon Johnson (the man Obama seems bent on morphing into -- inspirational leaders on the home front, blind about a foreign war) dove into Vietnam driven by two fundamental elements that made his choice almost...

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12 Comics Who Aren't Funny? Or, Let Us Now Bash Robin Williams Part. 1

(4) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 9:29 AM

Who is Sarah Ball and why is she saying awful things about Emo Phillips? And, why is she not saying awful things about Robin Williams? I.E., if she is going to bash those twelve, she ought to also be brave enough, and have the critical eye required, to take...

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Keith Olbermann and Lawrence O'Donnell Do Not Take Torture Seriously

(248) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 11:45 AM

Keith Olbermann long ago raised vamping to a high art. Originally, a steadfast, bold, refreshing and groundbreaking progressive voice for MSNBC, his Countdown show has devolved into a display of self-aggrandizing name calling featuring he, Rush, Bill (Billo'), and Sean, leaving us with, aside from that, a vacant hour of...

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Obama: Safety First

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 6:37 PM

This week, President Obama hits the road to sell a stimulus bill that he has already sold out.

Meanwhile, heroic Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenbeger and his crew are in New York receiving the key to the city for safely landing US Airways Flight 1549 in the middle of the Hudson...

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A Vicious Man

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2009 | 6:17 PM

The Wailing Wall of Bush. Except instead of pushing notes of prayer into the crevices, you draw out limitless notes of havoc.

Of all the lines in George Bush's farewell address, I thought the most shocking was "like all who have held this office before me."...

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Obama Can Use Humor to Connect with Voters and Corner McCain

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2008 | 5:58 PM

At some point during tonight's presidential debate in Nashville, an audience member will ask Barack Obama some sort of question concerning his "character." Obama's answer should include the following:

Well, yes, I've even heard I've been "palling around with terrorists." But you know, sometimes in political campaigns people are...

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Confront the Funk, Knock on a Door

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2008 | 5:28 PM

Lots of reasons to be in a funk on Iraq.

Funk: Even on days when the Dow doesn't drop 500 points, the war moves farther and farther off the front page until the only place you'll find the word "Baghdad" is in a review of a book by Bob Woodward...

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A Huge, Huge, Mistake Obama Made in His Wonderful, Wonderful Speech

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2008 | 2:19 AM

Barack Obama brought us a wonderful speech. Obama's speech produced "a bump" that polls alone couldn't possibly measure. I got choked up and a jump in my diaphragm that is, for me, a completely unfamiliar physical response to any event - except the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and...

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Why Are Senators Worried About Hurting John McCain's Feelings? To Heck With John McCain's Feelings

(18) Comments | Posted August 27, 2008 | 12:12 PM

I keep hearing that Democratic senators have to hold back on blasting John McCain because "they have to work with him." I even hear it from some Democratic nattering-nabobs. What? Let John McCain worry about that. Which is preferable? Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama -- among others -- walk...

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How to Grab the Attention of Undecided Voters

(5) Comments | Posted August 26, 2008 | 12:17 PM

Small details, exact costs, specifics, particulars - all are fatal to a convention speech. Just ask Bill Clinton as he walked off the podium after delivering his keynote address at the 1988 Democratic Convention. And yet, when the themes for the next couple of nights - "Renewing America's Promise," "Securing...

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By 2011...Funny If It Wasn't So Sad

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2008 | 9:51 PM

The 110th Congress didn't bring the troops home. John McCain isn't interested in bringing the troops home. Barack Obama wants to redeploy the troops to another unnecessary, likely quagmire in Afghanistan. And, now President Bush wants to bring the troops home by 2011. It would be funny if it's weren't...

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Vacation Advice for the Power Elite

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2008 | 10:28 AM

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Selling Out Sometimes? Okay. Selling Out All The Time? Not.

(26) Comments | Posted July 2, 2008 | 2:40 PM

$500 million for Faith-Based Initiatives? Wow. Got to say, even after the last week, I didn't see that one coming. Too many Sister Souljah moments to count. What I want to see now are some more Sister Souljah moments -- ones moving back to the left.

Barack Obama dealt...

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