Dore was born into and raised in a Catholic family of 12 on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. He is the star of several Comedy Central specials, host of The Jimmy Dore Show, and a writer–performer for the Off-Broadway hit The Marijuana -Logues. His latest effort "CITIZEN JIMMY", a one-hour Comedy Central Special currently airing, was chosen Best Of 2008 by iTunes, and was named one the Top 5 Comedy DVDs of 2008 by Punchline Magazine.
Dore currently lives in Pasadena, California, and hosts his own monthly show Pop and Politics at the UCB theater in Hollywood. Much of his recent material is focused on the absurdity of modern politics. In June 2009 he began producing The Jimmy Dore Show, a one-hour comedic look at the news, which originates at KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles and airs nationally on the Pacifica Network. He also hosts the podcast Comedy And Everything Else with his wife Stefane Zamorano and formerly with Todd Glass, who departed from the show in late 2009.
Dore has made many appearances on late-night television on shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show on CBS, and NBC's Late Friday. He has also performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Aspen, CO, The Melbourne Comedy in Australia, The Amsterdam Comedy Festival, and for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He also appears regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Dore is a frequent guest host on the political talk show The Young Turks, which airs on Current TV.