I was just asked this recently. Short answer. I don't. On Stage at least. I think there are so many great comedians who discuss political issues with such great ease and skill. But my personal opinion is that most people come to comedy shows to escape the political news they see at home and on social media everyday. Especially now.
That is not to say I am against it. I think its great and needed at shows but I tend to avoid it. I still address issues in the news sometimes, especially when it happens to me. Given that 90% of my material is about me and my surroundings, its hard not to address matters the audience may feel is "political" that affect me directly. I have jokes about my ethnicity, mixed religion and of course the law, since thats all personal to me. Some people in the audience make jokes political, which I will always address (especially during the pandemic) And some topics that happened to me, like a strangers reaction to "Juneteenth" in Florida is covered because it was a story that happened to me. It's a personal story. But in the times we live in, I personally avoid dividing the crowd when possible. Now, on the site formally known as Twitter, that's a different story. I am very political there!
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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