“Good Times” star Jimmie Walker is one of the few modern comedians not interested in easy humor that targets President Donald Trump.
“I take him [Trump] on a case-by-case basis,” Walker, who is now 71 years old, told Fox News in a recent interview touching on politics, “Good Times” and modern comedy.
“And I think … a lot of people thought Hillary [Clinton] was going to win, and they just haven’t gotten over it. Trump is correct — there is fake news out there. CNN and MSNBC have said Trump can’t win. But people in America love Trump. It’s just the [people in the] big cities that hate him. They’re the ones that haven’t gotten over it.”
He continued, “What they should be doing, the Democrats, is saying, ‘You know, we hated that we lost this. So we need to get a candidate right now and get ready for 2020.’ You didn’t make it — it’s over. Let it go.”
Walker is best known for his role as James “J.J.” Evans in the classic “Good Times,” a Norman Lear-created sitcom that ran from 1974 to 1979.
“When I started, I was told you have to make everyone laugh. You’ve got to be universal. But I think those days are over.”
He is beloved among “Good Times” fans for his signature line from the show, “Dy-no-mite!” He is now launching a new stand-up special with “Police Academy” star Michael Winslow, “We’re Still Here.”
Walker, who has been performing standup comedy since 1968, said the comedy world has changed today because of a fiercely divided culture.
“I think comedy is very divided now,” he said. “With the emphasis being divided racially. When I started, I was told you have to make everyone laugh. You’ve got to be universal. But I think those days are over.”