Though he has plenty of material about things like deer not being able to hear car horns and what it was like growing up poor, Jimmy Dore describes his set as more "current eventsy." With the success of his DVD/special, Citizen Jimmy, the Chicago native is taking on more of today's hot-button issues. "Right now I'm talking about the bailout, the health care thing, gay marriage, and medical marijuana—the usual topics." Of course, it's not all serious subjects. "Jenna Jameson was on Oprah," recalls Dore, "and she said that her goal when she got into porn was that she wanted to be the biggest porn star in the world, and do it with dignity. The joke I do is, 'Hey fellas, take it easy, you're getting a little jizz on my monocle!'" When not doing standup, Dore hosts a radio show on KPFK in L.A., as well as the podcast Comedy and Everything Else. The former he describes as a cross between The Daily Show and This American Life, while the latter is more of a look at comedy and pop culture. Being so involved in today's issues, is it difficult to remain humorous? "It's not hard to stay funny," he says. "It's so ridiculous, what's happening, it is obviously corrupt. Whether it's the health care debate or Wall Street, it's just so obviously corrupt." 18+; 21+ later shows.
May 12-16, 8 p.m.; May 14-15, 10:30 p.m., 2010