|"LAUGHING LIBERALLY OFF BROADWAY: MAKE AMERICA LAUGH AGAIN" - 15 PERFORMANCES ONLY! (SEPTEMBER 3-21)|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:42 pm EDT 08/21/19|
IN ASSOCIATION WITH ERIC KREBS
LAUGHING LIBERALLY OFF-BROADWAY
“MAKE AMERICA LAUGH AGAIN”
FEATURING JOHN FUGELSANG
A 3-WEEK THEATRICAL EVENT WITH THE MOST
DYNAMIC VOICES IN POLITICAL COMEDY
THE THEATER AT ST. CLEMENT’S
(423 WEST 46TH STREET- BETWEEN 9th & 10th AVENUES)
15 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
SEPTEMBER 3-21, 2019
Laughing Liberally, in association with Eric Krebs, will present LAUGHING LIBERALLY OFF-BROADWAY – “MAKE AMERICA LAUGH AGAIN,” featuring a diverse roster of political performers taking back the discourse and bringing joy and intelligent topical humor to the NY stage for 15 performances only (September 3-21) at The Theater at St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street- between 9th & 10th Avenues). The run promises a different lineup of artists at each performance – and the return to the NYC stage of the great Elayne Boosler.
“It’s like Woodstock for NYC political comics” says headliner, SiriusXM radio host & Drama League nominee John Fugelsang, who performs every night with a constantly rotating cast of comedians & satirists.
Performers who will share the stage with Fugelsang include the legendary Elayne Boosler, Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), Janeane Garafolo, Judy Gold, Marina Franklin (“Train Wreck,” HBO’s “Crashing”), Hari Kondabolu (“The Trouble With Apu”) and comedian/SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah – recently awarded $4.1 million in his lawsuit against white supremacists.
“Audiences are beyond bad jokes about Donald Trump’s appearance” said Fugelsang. “The producers really wanted a cross-section of smart, ferocious & hilarious live performers who transcend the label of ‘political comic.’”
Guests also include Ted Alexandro (“Letterman,” “The View”), Chuck Nice (“Star Talk”), Negin Farsad (“Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”), Christian Finnegan (“Chappelle’s Show”), Frank Conniff (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”), Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’s “Ask Me Another”), Carmen Lynch (“The Late Show” with both Letterman & Colbert), Liz Miele (AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live”), Carole Montgomery (Showtime’s “Funny Women of a Certain Age”), Gregory Joseph (“New Faces of Comedy”), Mehran Khaghani (“Comedy Central,” “Last Comic Standing”), Leah Bonnema (“Gotham Comedy Live”), and Calvin Cato (“Sketchfest”), with more to be announced. A complete list of performers and dates can be found at www.laughingliberallyny.com.
“I’m proud to be part of a lineup that includes gay comics, Muslim comics, and at least one gay Muslim comic” says Fugelsang. “To have Elayne Boosler – the first woman comic to get a primetime TV special and a former host of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner headlining 4 dates of a run like this is amazing.”
"While some politicians promise to Make American Great Again, others are struggling to keep America whole again, as the beacon to the rest of the world of decency, compassion, justice and civil rights,” producer Krebs says. He adds, “At Laughing Liberally, we feel that we can assist the process by reminding Americans that laughter is a universal medicine that can help to heal the wounds of anger, divisiveness and political battle. Besides, it's the best that some of us can do to bring America together again."
Fugelsang added “recently someone said to me – ‘hey – it’s not funny anymore.’ And I’m like ‘I know. That’s why we’ve got to make fun of it.’”
The Theater at St. Clement's is New York’s 3rd oldest off-Broadway performance venue. David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” premiered there and Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Harvey Fierstein & Nathan Lane have all performed on its stage.
The performance schedule is: Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 & $40 and available at www.laughingliberallyny.com.
Laughing Liberally is a national comedy project that's been promoting democracy one laugh at a time for 15 years. It is part of the Living Liberally political network that boasts more than 200 "Drinking Liberally" happy hours around the country, building community among liberals in the most conservative corners of America—which has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and on MSNBC and “The Daily Show.”
John Fugelsang has been murdered on CSI, picketed by Westboro Baptist Church, got Mitt Romney's advisor to call Mitt an Etch-a-Sketch on CNN and once interviewed George Harrison & Paul McCartney on different continents in the same week. His film "Dream On," a road trip in search of the American Dream, was named Best Documentary at the NYC Independent Film Festival & premiered on PBS. Other credits include “CSI” “Coyote Ugly” “The Girl on the Train” “Becker” “Providence” “The Coexist Comedy Tour” and "Price Check" opposite Parker Posey. He hosts the acclaimed 'Tell Me Everything" show weekdays on SiriusXM Insight #121. His guests have included Carol Burnett, Brian Wilson, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Regina King, Jeff Bridges, Bernie Sanders, Tyler Perry, John Fogarty, Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, Roger Daltrey & Willie Nelson. He's been a regular on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and hosted "Viewpoint" on Current TV. He's hosted America's Funniest Home Videos, & performed for US troops, including the humanitarian mission in Haiti. With Stephanie Miller, Fugelsang has sold out theaters across the country with The Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour; the tour's album "Volume 1" became the 1st political album to ever hit #1 on the Amazon, iTunes & Billboard Comedy Charts. His mother is an ex-Nun and his father was a Franciscan Brother. His Drama League-nominated Solo Show 'Guilt: A Love Story' is based on his parents' unlikely courtship.
Eric Krebs - In a theatrical career of more than 40 years, Eric Krebs has worked as a producer, a theater founder in 1974 of the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a builder and operator for 23 years of the John Houseman Theater on Theater Row. He is in his 50th year as a professor, 37 years at Rutgers, where he is professor emeritus and at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has also performed his one actor adaptation of King Lear and most recently My Father’s Voice-Letters from the Ellis Island Prison and the War in the Pacific. Producing Credits: Broadway: Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home, Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Electra, Avery Brooks in Paul Robeson. Off-Broadway: Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, Neil LaBute's Bash, Sing: A South African and American Celebration, A Class Act, Greed: A Musical for Our Times, God Shows Up, I Spy a Spy, Laughing Liberally and many more. Current projects: That Physics Show (2016 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience), That Chemistry Show, That Inventions Show._ www.erickrebs.com.
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