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New KKK Blog - Standards of Truth Apply to Performers -- Ask Mike Daisey and Ira Glass

Mike Daisey got busted. BBBBUSTED! He was called on the --- I'm assuming --- lush carpets of This American Life on Friday by Ira Glass himself. Mr. Daisey, who is to solo performance what Louis CK is to stand-up comedy (that is, The Gold Standard), had been on an episode of TAL in January where he told an exceptionally compelling story (an excerpt from his solo play, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs) about going to China and inspecting Apple computer factories and uncovering corruption beyond anything any one journalist had ever discovered. But unfortunately it wasn't exactly ... ummm ... errrr ... true.

Daisey says he stands by his story. And he certainly has gotten people talking about important issues. But that's not the point of This American Life. The show wants truth. I take no pleasure in Daisey's bust. The retraction episode on TAL was brutal. BBBBRUTAL. I do think Mr. Glass did a remarkable job of walking the fine line between, "Just tell me the truth and everything will be okay." and "NEGRO IS YA CRAZY?" (No, Ira Glass would never say that. No, Mike Daisey is not black. That's just what a Defcon 1 level of interrogation sounds like in my head.)


Some Tweets hit too close to home.

Marc Maron was looking for suggestions for guests on his awesome podcast, WTF. So I piped in suggesting myself. As many of you know, I was on last February with my good friend and comedian, Dwayne Kennedy --- who was only on the episode because he (nicely) drove me there... And because Marc knew him. We spent most of the time talking about "the black thing" --- Marc's words. And we never got to do that whole now classic WTF my life story that includes Marc apologizing to me and/or me telling him that I used to think that he was a jerk thing. It was a lot of fun, but looking back I miss not getting to do my whole Inside The Actor's Studio thingy. So I sent him a (slightly) snarky tweet suggesting myself. And here is how he responded...

Touche... and ouch!

Some tweets backfire. Some tweets hit too close to home.

For the record, I never did think Marc was a jerk, nor did he need to apologize... UNTIL NOW!

Just kidding.

If you wanna hear my episode of WTF, you can get the WTF Pod app for your iPad or iPhone. Or you can go to an dget it there. I think it costs money now... Because it was THAT good... also it was one of the first 50... before Marc went all Ira Glass/Carlos Mencia/Ray Ramano/Louis CK/Blaine Capatch on us.