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Laughing Liberally Original Videos

Here are some videos from Laughing Liberally: from our touring shows, original work by our comics and our "Shots of Political Whiskey." Enjoy!

Katie Halper (VIDEO): Make it Rain: Michael Steele Voyeur Club Remix!

Check out this hilarious video sent in by Laughing Liberally comedienne Katie Halper.

From Katie's website:

Michael Steele, Republican National Convention of Drill Baby Drill fame, makes it rain! The RNC dropped nearly $2,000 at a bondage-themed night club and $17,000 on private jets in the month of February. Trickle Down Economics. Trickle Baby Trickle!

A Supreme Night of Comedy Recap

Last Wednesday, The Tank was filled with lawyers, court enthusiasts, and political comedy fans for Laughing Liberally’s "Supreme Night of Comedy." The show featured comedians Katie Halper, Lee Camp, Scott Blakeman, Negin Farsad, and Elon James White as they took on the Sotomayor confirmation hearings.

The event was co-sponsored by our friends at the American Constitution Society, New York Democratic Lawyers Council, Alliance for Justice, and People for the American Way. With their help, we reached out to new audiences and even gave away free copies of Alliance for Justice’s documentary, “A Quiet Revolution.”

Check out this video of the event:

Think this looks easy? Come show us your stand-up tomorrow night at the Tank for Laughing Liberally’s Open Mic night, starting at 7:30pm.

For more Living Liberally upcoming events, check out www.livingliberally.org/nyc.

A Liberal Toke on The History of America's Drug Industry

Last November America elected its first president to openly admit smoking pot (saying: “I inhaled—that was the point”), Massachusetts decriminalized marijuana for those carrying under one ounce, and Weeds, the Showtime series centered around a Suburban mom dealing drugs, remained popular show. Delaware and New Hampshire recently passed medical marijuana laws, and Rhode Island just became the first state to expand medical marijuana laws to license marijuana distribution at compassionate care centers. In a March online town hall with President Obama, more than 100,000 questions centered on drug legalization.

Clearly, it is an important time for drug policy in America.

Yet Obama disappointed many in the town hall by joking about the drug issue instead of seriously addressing it. “I don’t know what this says about the online audience,” Obama chided with a chuckle. “The answer is no, I don’t think that’s a good strategy to grow our economy.” With little explanation, Obama simply dismissed any hope of this presidency taking a different stance on drugs.

Despite a lack of change from the white house, the tides still seem to be turning as more people are considering legalization. While the legalization of marijuana is incredibly risky for politicians, societal thought seems to be shifting. Yes, many admit, drugs would be safer if legal. Sure, our foreign policy might be simpler if we weren’t supporting the drug trade in unstable countries. And of course the number of people in jail for drugs is completely ridiculous.

There couldn’t be a better time to reflect on the history of drugs in America. Ryan Grim’s new book, This is Your Country on Drugs, examines the trends in drug use over time, what drives drug use, and the background of the war on drugs. The Philadelphia City Paper describes Grim’s book as "a wide-ranging, fascinating romp through the history of America's insatiable appetite for all manner of drugs, from opium to crystal meth, all the way up to the possibly soon-to-be-illegal hallucinogen Salvia divinorum."

You can read an excerpt from the book here.

To discuss this pressing issue more, join us tomorrow night (July 8) at 6pm for a Joint Event on Drugs in America, featuring a talk with author Ryan Grim and performances from two Laughing Liberally regulars, Harry Terjanian and Costaki Economopoulos. Not in New York? Comment with your questions for Grim and we'll ask him tomorrow night.

This Week in Blackness

Elon James White just posted the second episode of season two of "This Week in Blackness."

I loved this video. He hits on the very issues that I always find with television channels aimed at specific minority groups. They pretend to represent that group in its entirety, yet fall prey to many harmful stereotypes. And beyond its potent and important political message, the video is just downright funny.

Laughing Liberally Recap

Last week, we had a Laughing Liberally intern show. We invited interns from progressive organizations around the city, and had seven laughing liberally comedians perform. It was great to spread the liberal comedy love!

Check out this video from the show:

Join us for our upcoming shows:

July 8: A Joint Event on Drugs in America
Author Ryan Grim discusses his book This is Your Country on Drugs. Grim will be joined by two comedians, Harry Terjanian and Costaki Economopoulos.

July 15: A Supreme Night of Comedy
In honor of the Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings, Laughing Liberally goes to the mat to take on the courts in a night that does justice to political comedy.

Takin' It to the Streets!

Here's the final video from the people over at Haarm.org!

Enjoy, and pass it around!

Will Bunch on Reagan's Legacy

Will Bunch describes the Ronald Reagan myth and its impact on Republican politics. In this clip, he gives an anecdote of the Republican debates and how modern day Republican party leaders have misinterpreted Reagan's presidency.

His book, Tear Down This Myth, is on sale now:
http://www.amazon.com/Tear-Down-This-Myth-Distorted/dp/141659762X/ref=sr...

Check out more upcoming Reading Liberally events:

7/1 Author of Blue Dixie Bob Moser discusses the progressive roots of the "Republican" South with comedy, live music, and free beer.

7/8 Author of This is Your Country on Drugs Ryan Grim in a joint comedy and author event on drugs in America.

Laughing Liberally TONIGHT

While the current health care is bringing most of us to tears, our Laughing Liberally comedians are helping us laugh about it. Check out Harry Terjanian and Lee Camp as they make light of the often depressing health care debate.

For more comedy, come to Laughing Liberally tonight.

The Laughing Liberally Intern Show
Wed, June 24 - 9 pm
www.laughingliberally.org

Laughing Liberally invites you to come out for an evening of laughs about copy machines, underpaid work, and the politics of intern life.

Join Laughing Liberally and interns from dozens of progressive organizations and campaigns for an evening of internship humor, political punchlines, and a lineup of comedians from Comedy Central, The Onion, CNN, and MTV.

Featuring:
Lee Camp
Harry Terjanian
Katie Halper
Elon James White
Costaki Economopoulos
Hari Kondabolu
Juliet Jeske

Admission: $10 or $5 for progressive interns and staff who RSVP in advance to [email protected]

The Tank - 354 West 45th St btw 8th & 9th
www.thetanknyc.org

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