Our times are blessed with the most knowing, sharpest and laugh generating political satire since, well, maybe ever. At least three minutes a week of Saturday Night Live earn occasional rank with more dependable flame and cream pie throwers John Oliver (Last Week Tonight-HBO), Bill Maher (Real Time with Bill Maher-HBO), Trevor Noah (The Daily Show-Comedy Central), and the heritage TV net boys Fallon, Colbert, Kimmel, Meyers, et. al. On-line, The Young Turks, The Onion, and Deep Rogue Ram (Vancouver) and hundreds more are uploading stuff. The big players are pumped with teams of writers who get paid. So too, some of the less dependable, online spit ballers.
Minnesota electronic media falls flat on political humor. The guy with the cartoons on TPT’s Almanac and most of that weekly’s ‘humorists are very self-aware, limp and Saran-wrapped for consumption by Crocus Hill donors. The annual roasts put on by MinnPost for raising bucks have the bite and wit of Almanac. The highlight videos of these well-meaning MinnPost attempts at insider, comedy sketches are just brassy camouflage for humor-challenged, aging, media types. When Keillor and his possums are the only ones in broadcast and broadband land serving up slices of tangy Minnesota onion, ones garnished with whimsy, we turn to, say, Sid Hartman.
Democratic Visions, a modest cable access show with no budget, occasionally pours vinegar on the life political. In the past, MPP co-birther Eric Pusey has uncorked his incredulity to amusing affect. In the months to come, retired KQ Morning Show, token liberal, Mike “Stretch” Gelfand and improv humorist Jon Spade will serve up encores. Bruce Baird, however, makes his TV debut right here and now on Democratic Visions. He and I react to Republican presidential candidate ads. Being the Ed Wood of Minnesota political issues television, I am grateful to be of service to the progressive community.
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Democratic Visions is hand made by unpaid volunteers from Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Bloomington. Our program is not supported or endorsed by any political party, political action committee or special interest group.