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Exclusive: Meet DC’s conservative comic Tim Young

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A Baltimore-born-and-bred comic taking on leftwing policies, and personalities every weekday at 7:30 p.m., in the East, with his online commentary program “No Things Considered,” at his new home at The Washington Examiner, his television and radio appearances and his red-hot social media feeds, spoke to Big League Politics about where is it as right now.

“Originally, I did comedy in 2008 and 2009, in DC, and then moved to Austin, Texas for a number of years,” said Tim Young, the standup comedian, who started his program as a Kickstarter-funded project first in the lobby of a Bourbon Coffee shop and then in the basement of Capitol Hill’s Stanton & Greene restaurant.

The comic said he grew up in the southwest corner of Baltimore, in Lansdowne. “Not a good area.”

His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and his law degree is from the University of Baltimore Law School. “I went to all the poor schools, there’s a pattern, Lansdowne, UMBC, the University of Baltimore–it’s like going to Marshall’s or the Nordstrom Rack of schools.”

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After law school, Young said he interned for 18 months for Sen. Y. Timothy Hutchinson (R.-Ark.) and Sen. Donald L. Nickles (R.-Okla.).

“Nickles was funny,” he said. “Tim Hutchinson? They brought me in after everybody found out about his cheating on his wife, and that did not go over well, since he was one of the guys doing the Clinton impeachment stuff–really nice guy, though, an incredibly nice guy.”

Young said at its root, the comedy in Washington or Austin or Baltimore is the same. “But, it is interesting to me that nobody in Washington does what I do and there isn’t another politically-focused comedy show other than the Capitol Steps–which is, um, dare I say, kind of schticky with a piano? The same four-chord song with everybody dancing around and still talking about Monica Lewinsky.”

News parody shows come down from New York City once a year, he said. “I just decided: ‘Why not put my roots down here?'”

Young said he came back to Washington and worked for the American Conservative Union as the director of traditional and digital marketing for the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference that featured New York City developer Donald J. Trump, still months away from announcing his White House run.

“Once I left there? I just started hard on the show,” he said.

The show began as “Here’s the Thing,” which is one of the catchphrases from his stage act that would set up a string of jokes about something or someone appearing to be normal until Young conducted his comedic-vivisection. The name of the show had to change after Young said he realized there was already a podcast using the same name, so he switched it up.

With the $6,100 raised on Kickstarter, including two patrons giving $1,000, which brought them: “Co-production credit on the show, plus all of the other stuff. Also, Tim, who happens to be one of the best marketing guys on the right, will give you a 1-hour consultation on any project that you’re working on.”

With the money, Young bought his production laptop and board, microphones and lights and he was on his way.

Conservative operative Will Upton told Big League Politics there was something special about the Stanton and Greene shows.

“I may die young due to exposure to black mold in that basement, but I’ll die knowing that jokes were made and at least one episode of Tim’s show was made that will never air to the public,” Upton said. “Seriously, we lost power and just did it for the fun of it.”

At one point, Young complained to Upton and others that sometimes when he is alone in the S&G basement setting up, he would sense ghost-like movements in the dark corners of the other side of the basement, until Upton and another Catholic friend of Young’s cast out the spirits with sprinkles of Holy Water.

Afterwards, Young said he was never troubled again by fans in the shadow gallery.

“Tim has a vision, a good one, of political comedy that isn’t afraid of being both partisan and introspective,” Upton said.

“It’s refreshing really and maybe something we all need, the ability to laugh at ourselves every now and then,” he said. “Tim is driven to make his style of comedy a reality. In the sometimes humorless world of DC, you have to work hard to get a laugh, and Tim does just that.”

The basement shows were live in front of an audience of 10 or 12 unruly friends, along with the Facebook Live audience, which would gather every Wednesday.

One of the early audience members and guests on the show, Bobby Panzenbeck, he does not see Young as doctrinaire.

“I would say that Tim’s conservatism is more instinctual than ideological, and that’s what makes him refreshing,” said Panzenbeck, a Washington-based communications consultant. “He has an authentic understanding of what truly makes America great, and an innate ability to deliver an everyman’s conservative perspective on liberal shenanigans.”

After S&G, the show moved to The Daily Caller, where it went grew to weekdays and its current live-to-tape routine that allows for a more polished production and graphics.

Young said the move from The Daily Caller was difficult because he has many friends there, who championed his career and the show, but at the time in September, when he moved the show, he felt that Washington Examiner was committed to supporting the show and him, while Daily Caller people were still not sure what to do with him.

The Washington Examiner pays me in American dollars and sometimes, rubles, it depends,” he said. “More importantly, they are receptive to what I do and I love it there.”

It has been a good fit, so far as Young gets used to them and they get used to him, he said.

“They are fantastic. They brought me in with an eye to the future–they liked what I did at some other place–and they want to reach out to millennials and younger people–and catch an audience that, frankly, don’t normally get,” he said.

“There aren’t personalities like me out there,” he said.

“I don’t take myself seriously,” he said.

“I don’t consider myself a journalist. I’m a comic, who happens to be able to interpret politics in a fun way.”

Watch Tim Young’s Dec. 19 “No Things Considered” here: 

 

Neil W. McCabe is a Washington-based political journalist and editor. Before joining Big League Politics, he was the Capitol Hill correspondent for Breitbart News, where he also led Breitbart's political polling operation and wrote up the Breitbart-Gravis polls. McCabe's other positions include the One America News DC Bureau Chief, a senior reporter at Human Events and a staff reporter at The Pilot, Boston's Catholic paper. McCabe also was the editor of The Somerville News, The (North Cambridge, Mass.) Alewife and served as an Army combat historian in Iraq. His 2013 e-book The Unfriendly Skies examined how the American airline industry went from deregulation in the late 1970s to come full circle to the highly-regulated, highly-taxed industry it is today.

 

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COULTER: Detained Illegals Are “Being Separated From Coyotes and Drug Mules”

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Author and pundit Ann Coulter was confronted by a TMZ cameraman today, and the result was not pretty for the paparazzo.

“The biggest thing is these kids are being separated from their parents,” said the cameraman posing a lefty journalist

Coulter responded in her usual ruthless manner.

“They’re being separated from coyotes and drug mules, that has already been proven before” she said.

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Coulter continued to savage her adversary.

“The parents can stay in Mexico,” she said. “You don’t get to get out of committing crimes in this country because you have a baby. I mean, why don’t we let out Bernie Madoff. His kids suffered. One committed suicide.”

The activist then brought up the First Ladies who have denounced President Donald J. Trump’s zero tolerance policy.

“Thank God First Ladies aren’t elected officials,” Coulter replied with a grin.

When asked if she thought this would be a “stain on our country’s history,” Coulter delivered her knockout blow.

“It’s going to be the END of our country’s history if we let these hordes in,” she said. “It will never, never stop.”

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WaPo Employees Beg Bezos for Raise

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More than 400 employees at the Washington Post have signed an open letter to owner Jeff Bezos demanding better working conditions after more than a year of failed negotiations with upper management.

“[Dear Jeff Bezos] we workers of The Washington Post have been bargaining for a year and have little to show for it because The Post won’t meet us halfway on much of anything,” says a tweet shared by the Post Guild. “We love The Post. We know you do too. Our work has earned us more than what The Post is offering.”

According to Deadlinesignees of the letter include prominent employees like White House reporter Ashley Parker and political reporter Dave Weigel.

Bezos is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon. His estimated net worth is nearly $142 billion. He bought the paper in 2013.

The left-wing culture that has engulfed the Washington Post has spilled over into the office, and come back to bite Bezos. His employees are calling on him to “share the wealth” that they claim to have created.

“All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company’s success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and health care; and a fair amount of job security,” the petition says.

The staff accompanied the petition with a video.

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“I’m fighting for equal pay, because regardless of gender or skin color, we all deserve to be paid the same,” said a compilation of employees in the video.

The sword of social justice appears to be turning inward on the Washington Post. 

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Chris Pratt At MTV Awards: “God Is Real, You Have A Soul, Learn To Pray”

It was a welcomed change to most Hollywood speeches

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While accepting the Generation Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, world-renowned actor Chris Pratt used his platform to preach his belief in God to a massive nationwide audience. In his acceptance speech, he laid out 9 rules for life, with a series of jokes, along with a number of solid pieces of life advice. Among his advice are “you have a soul, be careful with it,” and that “God is real,” and that he “loves you.” He also encourages those listening to him to learn to pray, telling them that it’s easy, and that it’s “good for the soul.”

All nine of his rules can be read here:

  1. “Breathe. If you don’t, you will suffocate.”
  2. “You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
  3. “Don’t be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.”
  4. “When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.”
  5. “It doesn’t matter what it is. Earn it. A good deed. Reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it’s good for your soul.”
  6. “God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do.”
  7. “If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door, sit down, get all of the pee out first. And then, once all the pee is done, poop, flush, boom! You minimize the amount of time that the poop’s touching the air. Because if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you’re peeing on top of it, stirring up the poop particles, create a cloud, goes out, then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.”
  8. “Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.”
  9. “Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are, you are not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget that. Don’t take that for granted.”

This speech is a wholesome change of pace from what many in Hollywood have been saying at similar award ceremonies. Recently, Hollywood actor Robert De Niro used his time on stage at the Tony Awards to yell “f*** Trump!” His stunt resulted in thunderous applause from the audience mostly full of Hollywood elites.

Surprisingly, Pratt’s speech also resulted in loud applause, despite a handful of visible dissenters in the crowd when he spoke about his faith. This likely has to do with Pratt’s enormous profile as one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Virtually everything he is a part of becomes a hit, and his upcoming movie “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom” isn’t expected to be any different.

The Generation Award he was receiving showcases just how high profile of a celebrity he is. The award is given to those who show great achievement in movies. Recent winners include Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., and Johnny Depp.

 

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