While a lot of comics have had trouble coming up with jokes about President Obama, Tim Slagle has had no such difficulty. He makes jokes about the president like a good comic should. Some may say that he's swimming against the current. "Oh, gosh yeah," Slagle says. "Though I've had friends tell me before that if the stream was running the other way, I'd be going in a different direction. It's the struggle I like, not necessarily the position." Of course, Slagle makes no effort to point out that he's in the minority, as some comics do. He lets the jokes do the talking. "That's what I've heard," he laughs. "There might be some wisdom in that. The comedy comes first." These days, he's been lamenting the state of our society more than the political landscape. "What's been bugging me lately is that kids today don't have a good vision of the future," he says. "For me, the future was jet packs and flying cars, and it was grand and exciting — Pan Am trips to the moon. Now, it's bicycles and windmills. That's not the future, that's 16th-century Holland. It almost seems like we're going back." When not onstage, Slagle flexes his comedy muscle on Facebook, though he doesn't take that pastime seriously. "I'm just a rat in Zuckerberg's cage," he explains. "I spend my days hoping that I say something clever enough to make that little food pellet pop up in the righthand corner." And if the conversation turns ugly, as it often can on Facebook, Slagle makes lemonade. "For me, it's been an exercise in clearing the friends list. I don't have the heart to delete them, so I make them delete themselves." 18+.
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