Rich Hall

Richard “Rich” Hall is an American comedian, writer, and musician, who became popular in the United Kingdom, regularly appearing on QI and similar panel shows. He has created and starred in several series for the BBC, including comedies with Mike Wilmot, and documentaries often concerning cinema of the United States. Hall has also maintained a successful stand-up comedy career, as both Crenshaw and himself. A combination of stand-up, sketch and interview, Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown broadcasts live from the fictional IBBC network in Washington to the whole of the United States. Rich and his producer Nick Doody take calls from every corner of the United States to hear the concerns of voters, offering their take on the issues troubling the American electorate. Later, David is joined by American economist and stand-up comedian Yorum Bauman. Bauman bills himself as the “world’s first and only stand-up economist.” His video Principles of Economics, translated has more than 1 million views on YouTube. Bauman is a strong supporter of a carbon tax, in particular, a revenue-neutral carbon tax. He started an organization called CarbonWA which gathered signatures for to put a revenue-neutral carbon tax on the ballot for the Washington elections, 2016. This initiative, known as Washington Initiative 732, would impose a steadily increasing tax on emissions of carbon dioxide, and use that revenue offset other taxes. Washington relies on a sales tax for much of its revenue, making its state tax code one of the most regressive tax codes in the nation. If it passes, Initiative 732 supporters assert that it will decrease the sales tax, eliminate the business and occupation tax on manufacturing, and expand the state’s earned-income tax credit for low-income households.


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