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Mike Amato
Mike Amato is an actor, writer, comedian and playwright. As a comedian, he’s preformed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Montreal Comedy Festival as well as in comedy clubs all across the country. His prose work can be seen in Smokelong Quarterly, Word Riot and the print journal Etchings.

Entries by Mike Amato

Fire Brand: No, Russell, There Will Not Be a Revolution

(65) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 5:28 PM

It's so easy for rich white guys not to vote when they're not the ones bearing the effects.

Being a 41-year-old liberal means shaking your fist in lots of directions. One of those is toward the younger, idealistic you. Reporting from the lee side of mid-life, I can tell you...

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Guys, We Can Counter Rape Culture

(4) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 11:35 AM

It is eerie, watching the shots of the audience. You never see anyone just plain laughing, as if they'd heard something that was funny. You see, instead, behavior more appropriate at a fascist rally, as his fans stick their fists in the air and chant his name as if he...
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A Message From The National Explosives Association (in Conjunction With the C4 Manufacturers and Suppliers of America)

(8) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 8:30 AM

Naturally, our thoughts are with the people affected by the explosions in Boston on Monday. As terrible as this tragedy is, we should be respectful to the people effected by it and not talk about new regulations on explosives. However, it is not to soon to talk about rescinding a...

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Repealing the Second Amendment -- What the Left and Right Have Gotten Wrong

(33) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 10:33 AM

It's absolutely long past time to repeal the Second Amendment. The day a "well regulated militia" was no longer necessary -- or even remotely relevant -- to the security of a free state, and that was the only intended purpose of the Second Amendment, the Second Amendment was no longer...

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Free Mental Health Services Now

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 12:16 PM

We never hear from them or of them. They get no reward for their efforts. They would never come forward to brag. If they did, they'd be shunned, perhaps arrested. None would dare call them heroes. I would. They are people with mental illness who act against the urges to...

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Rape Jokes Are Funny if They're Funny

(25) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 1:00 PM

I've evolved a lot in how I view offensive jokes. Many young, white, male comedians, having little persecution cred to work with, will use charged words hoping to get some milage out of the irony of young, white males using them. I was one of them. You'll never see those...

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Trayvon Martin, Patrick Dorismond and the Defiling of Dead Black Men

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 2:00 PM

An unarmed black man is approached and accosted by a man in plain clothes who doesn't identify himself. A scuffle ensues. The black man is shot dead. The killer goes home. And an obscene campaign begins to smear the dead man as yet another thug who had it coming.


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Why Are Women So 'Bright'?

(12) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 5:00 PM

"I think she did a really good job last night. I think she's a bright member of our caucus, and it's one of the reasons I appointed her to the Intelligence Committee." ~ Speaker John Boehner on Michele Bachmann's debate performance.

Ever notice how often men refer to women as...

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9/11 and Bin Laden: Ralph Nader Was Right... Again

(12) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 2:02 PM

On The O'Reilly Factor, Jan. 14, 2002:

NADER: What I would have done after September 11 is invoked the doctrine of hot pursuit under international law, to go after and apprehend the backers of the attackers.[...]

O'REILLY: 'Hot pursuit.' Would you bomb? Would you bring in the...
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MN Rep: How Many Gays Must God Create Before We Accept He Wants Them? (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 10:22 AM

A GOP-led push for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota passed the House Civil Law Committee.

Republicans now control the Minnesota Legislature and are fast-tracking the ban to go before voters in the 2012 ballot. Minnesota state law already bans gay and lesbian couples from marrying but supporters...

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Dan Savage Gets on the MTV, Savages Maggie Gallagher

(12) Comments | Posted April 23, 2011 | 2:33 PM

FINALLY! Dan Savage will have his own show!

Since becoming an avid listener to his podcast, and watching him gut the hateful (yet supple) Tony Perkins on CNN about Prop 8 two years ago, I've been praying to the GGG gods that this man...

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The Coca-Cola Hilltop Ad: 40 Years of Apple Trees and Honey Bees and Phosphoric Acid

(11) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 1:33 PM

In January of 1971, Bill Backer, a creative director on the Coca-Cola account at the McCann-Erickson advertising agency, was on a flight to London that was forced to land in Ireland due to heavy fog at Heathrow. The result of this diversion was the most popular and iconic (and my...

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Simon Cowell's AI Spill: Time to "Top Kill" American Idol

(6) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 1:23 PM

I'm sorry, I'm a little upset. After watching Rachel Maddow's reporting on the BP spill, I think I need one of those "Top Hats" to stop my reignited fury at G.W. Bush and his oily-garchy, and how the slick -- I mean the "legacy" -- he left behind still manages...

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Seth MacFarlane Owes Us All an Apology

(95) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 2:18 PM

I'm a comedian who often deals with edgy, politically incorrect and controversial material who thinks that Family Guy's Sarah Palin joke was not only offensive, but irresponsible.

Sarah Palin is a liar. She tells a whole lot of lies, from her "thangks, but noo thangks" to the Bridge to Nowhere...

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