Steal this election
Or at least this page filled with campaign-themed comedy shows.
Thu Oct 9 2008
Between now and November 4, New York comedians, writers and satirists will be exercising their First Amendment rights more than ever. Tear out this roundup and mock the vote with them. Just try to remember on Election Day that Sarah Palin doesn’t really breast-feed caribou. Or, actually, do what you like.
Palin Family All Star Revue and Election Spectacular
This 30-minute show captures the Palin family as they gain fame (and infamy). Bristol, Track and Willow Palin come together to sing and dance about their (potential) ascent into the White House. Written by Kate Hess and directed by Andy Secunda. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; Fri 17, Oct 24, Nov 3 at 7pm; $5.
23/6 and Indecision 2008 Present: America’s Funniest Writers Talk Seriously About Politics
Jason Reich (23/6), Kevin Bleyer (The Daily Show) and Anita Serwacki (The Onion) speak comically and seriously about the election, the presidential candidates, the media and the political process at large. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Mon 20 at 8pm, $5.
Stand-ups, including Leigh Ann Lord, Vic Henley, Jim David, Scott Blakeman and Jeff Kreisler, rant, vent and occasionally educate audiences on campaign topics. Gotham Comedy Club; Mon 20, Oct 27 and Nov 3 at 7:30pm; $10 plus two-drink minimum.
Super Tuesdays with Kate Clinton
The liberal comic who’s mouthed off on Good Morning America, Nightline, Entertainment Tonight, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The L Word delivers a weekly pre-election rant every Tuesday. Gotham Comedy Club; Tue 21 and Oct 28 at 8pm; $22.50 plus two-drink minimum.
Countdown to the Election
Hosted by TV writer turned political pundit Andy Borowitz, and starring The View’s cohost Joy Behar and leading political analyst Jeffrey Toobin (The New Yorker, CNN). The panel should offer funny and thoughtful commentary. 92nd St Y, Wed 22 at 8pm, $35.
The Big Brown Comedy Hour
To discuss the election, Dean Obeidallah is joined by Aasif Mandvi, Saad Sarwana, Vidur Kapur, Mohamed Masoud, Maria Shehata, Meena Dimian and Tamar Verizian, as well as Andy Borowitz. Cary’s Stand-Up NY, Oct 27 at 8:30pm, $10 cover plus two-drink minimum.
18 Nights of Inspiration
The 92nd Street Y’s new Tribeca space is featuring some of the most beloved downtown comedians. Produced by 23/6, this political-comedy show features Greg Giraldo, Todd Barry, Jon Glaser and others. 92nd St Y Tribeca, Oct 29 at 8pm, $12.
Voter Resignation: The PIT Gets Political
Kevin Scott (Centralia) hosts an eclectic mix of improv, music, sketch, cartoons and stand-up from Jacob Brown and Scott Bateman, among others. The Peoples Improv Theater, Nov 2 at 9:30pm, $10.
Comedy Central at Crash Mansion
Comedy Central’s biweekly show is dedicated to the election this week. The line-up is TBD but expect stand-ups you have seen—or hope to see more of—on Comedy Central. Crash Mansion, Nov 3 at 8pm, $5.
Shut Up! I Hate You!
UCBT comedians Anthony King and Kate Spencer focus their monthly show—McLaughlin Group meets Best Week Ever—on the polls. Mike Birbiglia and Jason Mantzoukas join the discussion. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Nov 3 at 8pm, $5.
The Onion’s War for the White House Election-Night Event Extravaganza
This results-watching party includes complimentary Dewar’s whiskey drinks, stand-up from a few comedian friends of The Onion and a War for the White House wrap-up presentation from the Onion editors. Fontana’s, Nov 4 at 7pm, price TBD.
We Have a Winner
As part of this year’s New York Comedy Festival, Daily Show cocreator Lizz Winstead hosts Monica Crowley, Ph.D. (author of two best-selling books on Richard Nixon), Robert A. George (former speech writer for Newt Gingrich) and political stand-up Baratunde Thurston (The Onion). 92nd St Y, Nov 5 at 8pm, $27.