Funny onstage. Activist on and offstage. When comedy really speaks truth to power.

Forget punching up. If you really want to speak truth to power, and you’re a comedian, what’s the best way to go about it? Sarah Silverman has produced several videos on her own or for various non-profit organizations to advance causes she believes in, including¬†election issues on the ballot and equal pay for women. HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver already has a remarkable track record of raising important global and domestic issues, and seeing almost immediate results. Just in the past few weeks, Oliver went to Russia to interview Edward Snowden and changed the political discussion in...

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