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Dan Piraro

Dan Piraro says his "The Bizarro Baloney Show" is a variety program that a 13-year-old boy "with fairly a lucrative paper route" might put on.

Never mind that people who can't drive are rarely permitted to have paper routes these days. Piraro - who's best known as the author and illustrator of the "Bizarro" comic panel - said his show is a hodgepodge of "90 minutes of things I think I would like to do in front of strangers."

Piraro, 47, who lives in Brooklyn, took some time away from preparing to leave on his tour to talk about why he does the show and how he became an animal rights activist.
The tour opened April 13 to a sell-out crowd at a small venue in Hollywood, Calif. Fellow animal rights activist Daryl Hannah endorsed the show, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have too.
Since becoming an animal rights activist four years ago, his panel has expanded to reflect these beliefs.

"It's not a terribly funny subject," he says, noting why he spaces out his comics dealing with food politics and animal cruelty. "My comic has to be at least amusing. Abuse and misery of the innocent is just not a funny subject."

His passion for animal rights is a part of his show, but he insists it's not heavy-handed or preachy. He talks about how he came to veganism, how as a meat eater he was just a bit of information away from crossing over.

His girlfriend at the time - now his wife, Ashley - worked on animal issues. He slowly began to realize, he says, how ignorant and wrong he had been.

"She knew I was a compassionate meat eater. She just waited," he says.

All proceeds from his tour, after expenses, will go to an animal rights organization he helped start; Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York.

Dan masterfully made this really awesome video.
 It's a talking pig that explains why eating meat is bad for you.

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