This is Paul Shanklin, the satirist who wrote the lyrics and sang ‘Barack the Magic Negro,’ a parody for the Rush Limbaugh show. Read his biography below, see a photo and watch videos.
Paul Shanklin is the conservative political satirist behind all of the buzz about the parody Barack the Magic Negro. He wrote the lyrics and sang it – in his best Al Sharpton voice – for the Rush Limbaugh Talk Radio show.
Paul Shanklin is reportedly a longtime friend of Chip Saltzman, former Huckabee campaign operative, who distributed the parody as a Christmas gift to members of the RNC in hopes of currying favor and votes for the GOP Chairmanship next month.
Paul Shanklin has been providing political satire for Rush Limbaugh since 1993. His political humor skits and songs parodying President Clinton and others have become favorites of the Rush Limbaugh listeners.
Over the years, Paul has written and produced over 1300 song parodies, skits and spoof commercials for the show, and has released ten successful albums. His career in talk radio political humor began in the ‘Oldies 98/Turner Dairy “Do Your Moo” booth’ at the Mid-South Fair in Paul’s hometown of Memphis, TN in the fall of ‘92.
It was there that Paul’s Ross Perot impression got tons of attention and lead to local appearances. In May of ‘93 Shanklin sent three demo tapes to Johnny Donovan with the Rush Limbaugh Show . After getting no response, Paul’s friend, political cartoonist Mike Ramirez (yes, that Michael Ramirez), suggested he call Donovan as Bill Clinton. As Clinton, he told Donovan,
“I don’t feel Rush and I are as close as we used to be. Can you work things out between me and Rush? I don’t think we’re really that far apart on the issues.”
Donovan liked the impression, asked for a demo tape, and national exposure with the Rush Limbaugh show followed.
Paul Shanklin also is considered a voice talent for commercials, and travels the country performing his political comedy routine. He has made national television appearances on C-Span, Fox News Network’s Hannity and Colmes, and The O’Reilly Factor. And now he has been featured on Right Pundits!
Paul is the recipient of the “Pollie” Award for the Best National Political Ad, and was featured in the book Rush To Us by D. Howard King and Geoffrey Morris.
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