The importance of comedy to progressive media

This is the final entry in our series of Five Questions conducted at Netroots Nation. GottaLaff is the online name of a very good actress and comedian. She’s also mistress of the site The Political Carnival, one of the few sites that focus on the humorous as well as the outrageous. Do click through to see what they’re up to. You’ll enjoy it.

The venue for our interview was the main convention floor. We found a couch and group of chairs, but there was nothing to separate the buzz of happy conventioneers from our microphone. That said, the voices are very clear and GottaLaff is especially cogent in her remarks.

Five Questions with GottaLaff

I began by asking GottaLaff the same three questions I asked everyone this year — Is the U.S. approaching tipping points? Which tipping points will hit first? How will climate play out in the next few years? She also talked about the interest in progressive politics — and in particular President Obama’s brand of politics — at the convention. (For this, listen at 1:30. You may be surprised.)

The fourth and fifth questions focused on her own work as a comedian and the place of (and need for) comedy in the left blogosphere.

It’s a fascinating interview, and her personality is infectious. Please listen:

Some notes:

▪ About President Obama, she responds (at 1:30) to the rumor that he was booed when he spoke (over video) to the convention, then follows with her thoughts.

 “There’s definitely a feeling that the Democratic president isn’t really a Democratic president after all.”

▪ The trade agreement she mentions at 3:53 is TPP (we have a nice primer on that here). She’s right; it’s a big deal.

▪ At 5:14 I asked her where the return-to-the-middle force will come from, and her answer was “the people.” That puts her squarely in the populist pushback/resistance camp; more from me later on that.

▪ But the best part of the interview, in my opinion, starts at 6:48, when she discusses her journey from actress to progressive writer. It wasn’t a straight path, as you’ll hear.

BLUNT videos, a GottaLaff production

I have to comment about BLUNT videos, which she mentions at 9:13. These are a specialty of the site, produced by GottaLaff using pieces of video submitted by her readers and added musical commentary. You too can submit material to a BLUNT video.

Here’s a sample, a best-of reel (and please note the music):

To submit to a BLUNT video, follow @GottaLaff on Twitter, wait for the announcement that there’s one in the works (each one is specific to a subject), then follow the instructions here.

All Five Questions interviews

Here’s the complete list of this year’s Five Questions interviews:

■ Sam Seder of
■ Dave Johnson of Campaign for America’s Future and
■ Richard (RJ) Eskow of Campaign for America’s Future and Huffington Post
■ digby of Hullabaloo 
■ Marcy Wheeler of
■ Joel Silbermanactor and media trainer — almost every good congressperson on our side, Joel has worked with them
■ GottaLaff, actress, writer, director and co-proprietress of (this interview)

This completes the series. I hope you enjoyed it, and thanks for listening.


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Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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