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There couldn't be a better time to see comedian Tim Slagle. One week before the election, the politically inclined comic has a run at Acme Comedy Co. He'll also be there on election night commenting on the returns along with Newstalk 1130. "It's been an interesting four years," he says. "I have never seen the comedy industry more unwilling to go after the president." Slagle, as you may know, leans a little more to the right than his comedy brethren, but that fact aside, he rightly insists that the president, any president, should be the target of jokes, satire, and parody. "Everyone knows who the president is, it's universal," he points out. Even if you don't follow politics there's something about President Obama that Slagle feels offers a huge opportunity for laughs. "Someone pointed out that he lives with his mother-in-law. That's been a comedy staple for eons." Of course, with seemingly everyone doing jokes about the GOP, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and the like, Slagle has a field all to himself. "People tend to think I'm a partisan hack, but I don't want to be a hack," he explains. "I'll admit, I didn't do many jokes about President George W. Bush. It just seemed so overdone. Everybody was doing it. Granted, I was doing Lewinsky jokes back when Clinton was president, but I think those were more original." It's not all straight-on politics, though. Lately Slagle has been talking about student-loan forgiveness. "To me, if you buy something crappy you're supposed to take it back to the place you bought it. You don't say, 'I got this degree and I can't get a job with it, so the taxpayers have to bail me out.'" Slagle thinks students should go back to the seller. "You take it back to the university and say, 'You sold me this. I want my money back.'" He makes another analogy. "If you buy a pack of cigarettes it says, 'This may give you cancer.' If you go to a casino it says, 'You might have a gambling problem.' It should be right there in any college handbook, right next to Gender Studies 101. 'You don't think you're getting a job with this, do you?'" 18+.
Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 8 p.m.; Nov. 2-3, 10:30 p.m., 2012