We spoke with comedian J. LaLonde for this week's issue of Metro Pulse, and the former Knoxville disc jockey confirmed he and state Sen. Stacey Campfield will meet to debate the bills Campfield has supported on March 30 at 8:30 p.m. in the Square Room. And none other than Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will moderate the event.
"It's for a good cause," the mayor says. "I'm looking forward to it."
Burchett says he and LaLonde have stayed friends since the comedian has moved to Brooklyn, and agreed to moderate because "J. caught me at a weak moment, and I hate seeing a grown man cry and grovel."
"It's one of those things I'm going to look back on and wonder why I did this," Burchett says lightheartedly.
Though he does expect the conversation to get fairly serious, Burchett says he hopes there will be some serious laughs.
"For the sake of ratings, I hope it gets mean-spirited and curse words start flying," the mayor says. "J. hopes it turns into a Geraldo [Rivera] deal with chairs being thrown."
By the end of the night, Burchett says that while the audience may wonder what happened to the last hour of their lives, President Barack Obama (who will definitely be keeping an eye on our Twitter account) will most likely be moved by what Campfield has to say.
"Stacey will probably be asked by the Obama administration to represent the United States at the United Nations," Burchett predicts.
But at the heart of the debate is an opportunity for the state senator to offer context to some of his controversial opinions.
"A lot of times in politics, it's just sounds bites [that get taken] out of context," Burchett says.
LaLonde has said to keep an eye on his Tumblr WordThug for updates and more info on the upcoming debate.