Comedian Eddie Griffin appears Saturday at Cache Creek Casino & Resort.

Casinos: Comedian Eddie Griffin taps his inner Jon Stewart

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Like more than half the country, according to recent polls, comedian Eddie Griffin is fed up with current politics, and he’s been riffing on Washington recently in his standup routines and on his new Web show “EGN” or “Eddie Griffin News.”

“Political parties are smoke and mirrors,” Griffin said in a recent interview with The Bee. “And the president? Have you seen the look on his face lately? He has two more years to go and he is so anxious to get out of there.

“Nobody wants that job,” he added. “I certainly don’t see any more black men lining up for it. Why would they want to go through what he has gone through? The only people who want to be president are old and white, turning back the clock.”

Griffin, who appears at Cache Creek on Saturday, has been enjoying a regular gig at the Rio in Las Vegas, appearing Monday through Wednesday nights each week. His appearances are typical of what Vegas does that few other gaming cities do – providing entertainment on so-called “off nights.”

“I am digging this,” Griffin said about playing Vegas. “The room, the King’s Room (at the Rio), seats around 250, small and intimate, not a bad seat in the house. I like it a lot better than the larger venues. I can get right up into people’s faces. I wouldn’t do it if I couldn’t do that.”

He also has a new movie, set to be released this year in one format or another (decisions have yet to be made). Granted Griffin’s acting résumé isn’t the most impressive out there (think films such as “Beethoven’s Big Break” and “Norbit”), but he’s upbeat about this one. It’s called “Mucho Dinero” and co-stars “Starship Trooper’s” Casper Van Dien and Danny Trejo of “Machete” fame (and known for having his head stuck on a desert tortoise in “Breaking Bad”).

“It’s all about three guys down on their luck, out for a $25 million reward,” he said. “They have like no military experience whatsoever and they have to join the cartel and kill the head.”

“EGN” has a new segment each Friday and can be seen on YouTube and The comedian describes it as quick-fire commentary on the headlines. The format frees him to talk about whatever he wants, including sea mammals who have attacked their trainers.

“The first was on the CNN documentary ‘Blackfish,’ and it just blew me away and made me so angry,” he said. “How do we know these creatures aren’t smarter than we are? Just because we don’t understand their language? We take their children away from them and make them do shows? And that whole cover-up is ridiculous.”

His commentaries are usually about 90 seconds long but, as is the case with his well-known comedy specials, they can carry quite a bite. (8 p.m.; $39, $49;

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