Americans don't question things anymore. We don't question things because everybody is fat and happy.
How did you come up with the title for your new special?
It's Bad For Ya refers to the bullshit in America that's all around us, from birth to death. It's part of a longer thought- the total sentence is, "It's Bullshit, Folks. It's All bullshit, and It's bad For Ya." And it is. A lot of bullshit is poisonous and toxic to you. So you have to spot the bullshit, and know which bullshit to walk around and which bullshit to meet head on.
So besides "bullshit," what can the audience expect to hear in the show?
A lot of the show has to do with things we don't question. Americans don't question things anymore. We don't question things because everybody is fat and happy- and way to f**kin' prosperous for their own good. Everybody ahs got a cell phone that'll make pancakes now. So they don't want to rock the boat. Everybody just goes along. That's just how you get bullshited; by not looking at things carefully and questioning them.
What are some of your questions?
I question American beliefs and accepted American thought patterns. There are things in this show about patriotism, about civic beliefs, civic customs and - civic superstitions, I call them.
Civic superstitions... like what?
"Proud to Be an American' and "God bless America." These little slogans we just throw off that are kind of empty really. This patriotic stuff that's in our lives - that's jammed down our throats from the time we are children. "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave," "the American Dream," "Justice is blind," "All men are equal," "The press is free," "Your vote counts." Everybody knows this stuff is bullshit half the time. But we accept it, because they pound it into your head before you have the brains to reset sophisticated ideas like that.
So, I talk about teaching children to question things. It's the duty of a parent to teach a child to question authority. Parents don't dot hat, because parents figure themselves, and they don't want to undermine their own bulllshit inside the household. So they stroke the kid, and the kid strokes them, and everybody strokes each other, and they are all stroking each other, and they grow up f**ked up and they come to shows like mine.