Ed. note: This article appeared in the first incarnation of Youngstown Pulse Magazine from 2003-05. By B.J. LISKO Youngstown Pulse Magazine Editor Porno and Disney isn’t the best of combinations. Greater alliances have been forged. So in my head it’s understandably a plethora of clashing thoughts when I call up porno god Ron Jeremy in of all places the magical world of Disney in Orlando, Fla. But by conversation’s end, any stereotypes I may have had of man who is and shall forever be the king of sleaze are obliterated. When Jeremy describes his role in his upcoming Youngstown performance as “an ambassador of good will thing,” I don’t question his honesty for even a moment. For the porno industry, his past work, to his stand up comedy and beyond, we pretty much covered all the bases in our hour-long conversation. “I tell people I got kicked out of porn because of Sammy Sosa,” Jeremy joked. “They found a cork in my woody.” He will make a live Youngstown appearance April 16 at The Nyabinghi. “It’s very exciting,” Jeremy said about his comedy show. “I was in comedy actually way before I was in porn. I’ve gotten back into it now in a big way.” Getting more into the specifics of the act, Jeremy said there’s a variety of aspects included in his live performance to keep the crowd thoroughly entertained. “My comedy show doesn’t last for much more than 20 minutes,” he said. “But it’s my own material, and there’s a meet and greet and a Q and A that’s pretty comical in itself.” Jeremy plans on bringing a few industry friends with him and he alluded to the possibility of a crowd contest at some point in the evening. Aside from his live show, the porno king was quite outspoken concerning politics as well as it’s effect on the industry he has done so much for. “Things were really good for a long time,” he said. “With the Howard Stern movie, the Larry Flint movie, the business was doing very well. Then the Republicans came along and put us back in the dark ages.” When asked if he thought the election of a democrat president, namely John Kerry would improve the landscape of the adult industry, Jeremy answered a resounding “yes.” “Porn is not on the democratic agenda,” he said. “It never has been and it never will be. Democrats are not religiously motivated like Republicans. Think about this for a minute. When Bill Clinton got busted for infidelity in office he had his highest approval rating ever. Who cared if he got his penis sucked?” Not only has Jeremy become synonymous with adult films, but recently he’s taken on a host of pitch man gigs for a variety of products. He said it’s flattering that people use him for endorsements. “I’ve done really well with the products,” he said. “None have failed. It’s kind of a cult thing. That cult thing only got bigger with Jeremy’s appearance on the WB Network’s “The Surreal Life.” “People recognize me everywhere I go,” he said. “Even more so now with ‘The Surreal Life.’ Even at Disneyworld. I mean it’s obviously much more of a family atmosphere here, but people still approach me, and they’re always extremely polite.” And like Jeremy said, that politeness doesn’t go unnoticed, and it seems he returns it two-fold to his fans and on this night his interviewer while he’s vacationing. “The show is a comedy of eroticism,” he said. “It’s a fun time. Anyone that wants to have their picure taken, or ask any question can.” An ambassador of good will indeed. Ron Jeremy hits up Youngstown, Thursday, April 16 2004 at The Nyabinghi.