Mike Daisey performed his monologue The Trump Card all over the country for months leading up to the election, culminating in a final performance at NYC’s Town Hall that was broadcast online and is now available to watch on YouTube and to listen to on Daisey’s podcast, All Stories Are Fiction.
I listened to the podcast version today, and I was riveted for the entire two and a half hours. Daisey is not only an excellent storyteller; he’s an astute observer of the ways showmanship works in our culture, which makes him an ideal tour guide for liberals trying to understand the appeal of Donald Trump.
Of course, there’s a strange sadness listening to this after the election. When Daisey recorded it, he couldn’t imagine Trump actually winning. But it’s worth listening to regardless.
(This show was directed by my pal Isaac Butler, who you might remember from his occasional appearances on @maxamoo.)