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Jul 14, 2017

Trump, Healthcare, Europe, Bigotry and Eddie Pepitone's dirty dark secrets with Comics Eddie Pepitone, Dave Sirus, and Arish Singh. Plus World Politics Review's Judah Grunstein and Professor JB Silvers.

Eddie Pepitone confesses his dirty dark fantasies. Dave Sirus explains why Donald Trump Junior is an even larger slice of human excrement than Donald Trump Senior. Arish Singh talks about getting kicked out of a Trump rally. Judah Grunstein, editor-in-chief of World Politics Review, explains why Trump is not so far off from the GOP mainstream when it comes to foreign affairs. And Professor JB Silvers explains why the Senate's new healthcare bill is naïve and unworkable.   

Described as a "cult favorite”, Pepitone is a staple in the Los Angeles comedy scene. He is known for his regular appearances on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast and his sketch appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Conan, often playing his recurring role as the "New York City Heckler" in the audience.He has also had recurring roles on television programs such as The Life & Times of TimThe Sarah Silverman Program and Nick Swardson's Pretend Time. His short mockumentary film "Runyon: Just Above Sunset", co-written by Karen Simmons, and directed by Troy Conrad, won Best in Show (as well as Best Actor in a Mockumentary) at the L.A. Mockfest as well as Best Comedy Short at the Burbank Film Festival in 2011. 

Pepitone was a first round contestant during the first season of Last Comic Standing. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s Pepitone was a regular sketch performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He has appeared in films such as The MuppetsOld SchoolSchool for Scoundrels, and Terri. Pepitone regularly performs stand-up comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. Pepitone has made many guest appearances on comedy programs such as Bob's BurgersThe King of QueensChappelle's ShowMonkCommunityChildrens HospitalThe Eric Andre ShowHappy EndingsFlight of the Conchords2 Broke GirlsWhitney and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Eddie also appears in the 2012 documentary "Alone Up There" that looks at the craft of stand-up comedy. 

Pepitone's first stand-up album A Great Stillness was released in 2011. His also released a sketch comedy album in 2006 called "The Big Push". 

From 2011 to 2013, Pepitone starred in the 500 episodes of the web comedy series "Puddin." 

In the fall of 2013, Pepitone started hosting his own podcast called "Pep Talks" after being a member of the "The Long Shot" podcast for several years. 

In 2014, he won the September 7 episode of @midnight

A documentary about Pepitone's career entitled The Bitter Buddha was released in 2012 to positive reviews.] 

Pepitone is now starring in the Adult Swim comedy, "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell". He stars as Eddie, a tortured soul. 

Dave Sirus is a writer and stand-up comedian who performs at venues in New York and Los Angeles. He produces and writes sketch comedy, is known for interviewing the Westboro Baptist Church members under the guise of 'Brick Stone' and appearing as a guest and recurring comedic correspondent on RT's The Alyona Show and HuffPost Live. On September 21, 2015, he was hired as a writer for the forty-first season of Saturday Night Live for which he was nominated for an Emmy for Writing in a Variety Series, and won a WGA award for writing in a comedy/variety series. He is currently a writer for Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog's Summer Election Special and Election Watch series on Hulu.  

He has produced other interview videos as his Brick Stone character with Occupy Wall Street residents, conspiracy theorists, street preachers, gay pride marchers, and the general public. 

Dave is a featured comedian on season 1 episode 7 of nuvoTV's Stand Up and Deliver. 

Dave interviewed the Westboro Baptist Church while protesting the Golden Globes January 12, 2014[ and for the second time included a "Ramone" reference to the Opie and Anthony show. He appeared on the Opie & Anthony Show on Sirius/XM the following Tuesday. Along with discussing the Church, Sirus also mentioned his upcoming mockumentary Archie Black: The Worst starring O&A's Jim NortonJay MohrArtie LangeDee SniderOtto & George, and Rick Overton. The film is premiering at the LA Comedy Fest. The comedy of Arish Singh, with its unique fusion of absurdist humor and political commentary has been praised by many, and described by many others as “yeah, just not my thing.” Singh is a Chicago-based comedian who has opened for national acts like Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric), Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show) and W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased), and has performed on stand-up showcases like Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Andy Kindler’s Particular Show and Chicago’s Comedians You Should Know. Singh has been featured in theBridgetown Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Exposition,  and the Crom Comedy Festival. In Chicago, Singh co-produces SolidHilarity, a comedy show that raises money for activists and labor unions, is a producer for Woke-Up Stand-Up, and is a contributing writer for the progressive talk show Good Evening with Pat Whalen. Judah Grunstein is World Politics Review’s editor-in-chief. His coverage of French and American politics, foreign policy and national security has appeared in World Politics Review, the International Herald Tribune, the Atlantic online, Politico Magazine, Foreign Policy online and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a regular guest commentator on France 24, as well as a published playwright. J.B. Silvers, PhD, is the John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance and professor of banking and finance at Weatherhead School of Management with a joint appointment in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His research in the areas of financial management and health services has been published in numerous journals including the JOURNAL OF FINANCE, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, MEDICAL CARE, ANNALS OF FAMILY MEDICINE, and the JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, among others. 

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