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Nick with his wife, Andi, his manager, Tommy, and writer, Barry Kaufman at the Ordinary Pub in Savannah. Al Franken – I loved him on Letterman. I wanna punch him in the face, but I found him funny because he was kind of mean. Anybody who was funny… George Carlin was a hippie liberal, but he was smart enough to know, “Hey this is wrong.” And his famous bit about seven words you can’t say on TV, I was going to do a new list of 100 words you can’t say anywhere. South: So how did you wind up in Georgia? Nick Di Paolo: We just like Savannah. We came down here seven or eight years ago for a weekend because my wife loves it. She’s into that book, Garden of Good and Evil, whatever the hell it’s called. She has roots way back in Georgia. There’s only like two nice places in Georgia and this is one of them. No, I’m sure there are plenty of places, but it’s a nice town. South: How much has comedy changed in recent years? ND: The culture became the counterculture and vice versa. We’re the counterculture, which is what comedy is supposed to be. Being pro- status quo, pro-political correctness, pro-cen- sorship seems to be the zeitgeist of the moment. South: Are there any left-leaning comics you like? ND: Al Franken – I loved him on Letterman. I wanna punch him in the face, but I found him 40 SOUTH October | November 2018 December | January 2020 funny because he was kind of mean. Anybody who was funny…George Carlin was a hippie liberal, but he was smart enough to know, “Hey this is wrong.” And his famous bit about seven words you can’t say on TV, I was going to do a new list of 100 words you can’t say anywhere. I heard some comedian say a comedian should be like a basketball ref. That’s all well and good, but right now the democrats are committing flagrant fouls 40 a minute. And I’m calling them, and now you’re calling me biased. South: You have a bit in your newest special about how much you’re fan of Trump. What are your thoughts on the impeachment talk right now ?(NOTE: At the time of the interview, the impeachment investigation had not yet of- ficially started). ND: I think it’s another witch hunt. I didn’t know they’d be so relentless, but I knew as soon as Trump was inaugurated that eventually they’ll try to impeach him. We have so many dumb people in this country that rely on the mainstream media and the internet, and don’t do their thinking for themselves. The polls don’t reflect how people think; they tell them how to think. South: What’s your favorite Nick Di Paolo joke? ND: There’s one that I found on a website that listed a bunch of famous quotes. I’m up there with Lincoln, Patton, Vince Lombardi…it’s a joke that I did on the 1992 Young Comedians Special about testing on animals. “If hooking a monkey’s brain up to a car battery is going to save somebody from dying of AIDS in 10 years, I got two things to say: the red is positive and the black is negative.” The prime minister of Australia used that joke. Don Cherry has used it. That’s the one that hit home. South: It seems like everyone who knew him had a good Patrice O’Neal story. What’s yours? Nick Di Paolo: We were going through customs this one time, it was me and Patrice and two other comics. They stopped us and we’re all sitting there waiting, and after about 15-20 minutes we’re like, “What’s the hold up?” The guy tells us “One of you has a felony,” and we all look at Patrice. And it was. He’d done something as a kid. I forget what. • More about Nick at nickdip.com