In September, comedian Vince August was forced to make a nearly impossible decision– either quit comedy or quit his job as a municipal court judge. In a story that has grabbed headlines from every major news outlet in America — not to mention England, Russia, China and more — the Supreme Court forced the veteran comic to choose. “The judge’s acting and comedy career is incompatible with the Code of Judicial Conduct and therefore he may not serve as a municipal court judge while continuing with that career,” the ruling stated. You can read more about the case here.
At the heart of the issue was August’s acting gig on ABC’s popular social experiment show What Would You Do?, wherein the New Jersey native — real name: Vince Sicari — portrayed characters that were racist and sexist. It seems the court believed August, who never spoke about his judgeship onstage, was a liability on the bench. But there’s a lot more to the story, which is why I wanted to chat with the man, himself. In the interview below, Vince relates his experience in great detail and offers a lot of information that has yet to be picked up by the mainstream press. Take a listen and tell us what you think!
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