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Scott Blakeman
Scott Blakeman has performed his progressive political humor around the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. He has made more than 30 national television appearances, and was the warmup comedian for the Late Show with David Letterman. Scott can be heard regularly on National Public Radio, co-hosting political coverage, delivering commentaries, or as a guest. Scott co-created Standup for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace, with Palestinian-American comedian Dean Obeidallah, and they perform the show at theaters, colleges, Temples and Jewish and Arab community centers across the US. You can read more at

Entries by Scott Blakeman

Republican Candidates Must Refuse to Support Trump if He Wins Nomination

(8) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 11:04 AM

When it seemed implausible that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination, his endless barrage of crass insults, his ignorant demonization of immigrants and Muslims, and his total absence of knowledge on any issue, could be seen as fodder for good political comedy.

But now that he is in the...

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The End of Empathy

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 5:24 PM

When a horrible tragedy unfolds in America, like the shootings in San Bernardino this week, Americans come together in a uniquely American way. We make vicious personal attacks on each other on Facebook and Twitter.

Instead of simply expressing shock, revulsion and deep sorrow after the seemingly nonstop gun...

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U.S. Elections Should Be More Canadian

(20) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 5:49 PM

There is no mention of it in today's New York Times, but there is a national election in Canada today. The American media may not take Canadian politics seriously, but in Canada, it is very serious business.

So serious in fact, that Conrad Black in the National Post...

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If Not Now, When?

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Almost as horrific as today's campus massacre in Oregon where a gunman killed at least ten people is the callous indifference on the part of most Americans and virtually all of our elected officials.

My Facebook feed of socially aware friends who are often outraged by the news was largely...

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Barry Manilow Closes Farewell Tour in Brooklyn

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 12:07 AM

"The last time I sang in Brooklyn was at my Bar Mitzvah", said Barry Manilow at Wednesday's birthday concert at the Barclays Center, the last stop on his farewell tour.

Manilow sounded and looked great, and his show was a profoundly moving and personal experience for me. As Barry played...

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This Standup Stands Up for Charlie Hebdo

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 5:22 PM

Many people have said, "Je suis Charlie," but I really am.

Like the cartoonists who were killed, I tell jokes. After their offices were firebombed in 2011, the Charlie Hebdo staff could have said: "You know what, this isn't worth it. Any openings at The New Yorker?" But they...

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Colleges Are Intolerant About Comedy That Promotes Tolerance

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Colleges used to be the place where trailblazing comedians like George Carlin and Mort Sahl found receptive audiences for their biting and bold comedy.

But as Chris Rock, whose new film Top Five opens December 12, told Frank Rich in New York Magazine this week, those...

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New York's Undemocratic Primary

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Republicans have an annoying habit of referring to the "Democrat" party, because they hate to associate it with being "democratic." Unfortunately today's Democratic primary for Governor in New York isn't particularly democratic at all.

New Yorkers will get the chance to vote for Governor Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout or...

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The Giant Leap Mankind Must Take Again

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:16 AM

Forty-five years ago this week, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

It was mankind at its best.

And this week, that momentous news story was at the end of the Nightly News, because the big stories were events that showed...

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Obama's Standup Stands Out Again at WHCD

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:49 AM

The most interesting part of the 2014 White House Correspondents Dinner was watching the CSPAN coverage after it was all over.

Nothing that went on during the previous hour was as compelling as watching Katie Couric posing for pictures, talking animatedly and laughing with friends, as waiters began clearing the...

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The Handshake Would Have Made Mandela Smile

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Instead of recalling the stirring tributes, impassioned voices and celebratory music and dancing at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Soweto, many Americans and media outlets around the world are talking about two viral social media moments from the event.

The handshake and the selfie.

To quickly dispense with the...

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Repairing the World, One Child at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 6:55 PM

When a drunk driver in Israel killed her husband, and left her 15-year-old son with burns covering 75 percent of his body, Rita Gold desperately searched for help.

She found a woman on Staten Island who answered her email which read: "We searched your website, and learned about the humanitarian...

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Republicans in Congress Snub the Gettysburg Address

(8) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:50 PM

On this 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the real snub comes not, as Fox News claims, from President Obama for not attending the ceremony, but from Republicans in Congress who have made a mockery of the democratic principle Lincoln proclaimed that day.

"Government of the people, by the...

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The Tea Party Isn't Funny Anymore

(21) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 7:01 AM

For four years, the ludicrous statements, tangled logic, wildly misinformed opinions, and incoherent ramblings of tea party elected officials and candidates were an embarrassment to our country, but a boon for comedians like myself. Because even though they have been able to promote disastrous policies in some states, there was...

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A False Choice in Syria

(3) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 5:54 PM

Once again, mindless soundbites are leading the drumbeat for war in Syria.

The choice, we are told, is either bomb Syria to avenge its massive chemical weapons attack, or sit back and do nothing.

But there is another choice that not only makes more sense, but would more effectively and...

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A Viewpoint That Will Be Missed

(12) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 2:57 PM

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

Current TV, which garnered much attention and initially high ratings when Countdown with Keith Olbermann premiered in June 2011, goes off the air this week with little fanfare and few...

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Should Be on the Cover of Rolling Stone

(30) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:11 AM

Very little surprises me anymore, but I was truly taken aback by the level of outrage over the Rolling Stone cover featuring the alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The critics of the Rolling Stone cover seem to be operating under the assumption that magazine covers are reserved for saintly...

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The Inspiring Life of Andrew Pochter

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 11:53 AM

Andrew Pochter is the 21-year-old Kenyon College student who was stabbed to death during a violent demonstration in Alexandria, Egypt on Friday.

I didn't have the privilege of knowing Andrew, although it's possible our paths crossed in September 2011, when Dean Obeidallah and I performed our

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Paula Deen and Trial by Twitter

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Facts and fairness are not the strong suit of social media.

And last week, Twitter and Facebook acted as judge, jury and executioner in the case of Paula Deen.

When a leaked deposition in the National Enquirer revealed Deen's admission that in her 66 years, she had sometimes used...

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The Lighter Side of Government Surveillance

(9) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 2:45 PM

As a progressive, anti-Patriot Act, ACLU supporter, I still find myself among the majority of Americans who are not outraged by the latest revelations of NSA surveillance.

It's not for lack of trying. Every time I work myself into a frenzy, by reading (and rereading) well-intentioned, urgent emails on this...

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