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Friday, October 19, 2012

We Vote Yes for these 2012 Election Comedy Shows

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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Despite the serious ramifications for the future of our country and all that, everyone knows politics is hilarious. The memes alone are worth staying abreast of the latest political gaffe. We're especially amused by what the Internet did with Romney's "binders full of women" comment over at Amazon.com. So what better way to spend the days leading up to November 6 than by laughing your ass (or elephant) off?

See also:

Will Durst's Elect to Laugh -- Political Comedy for People who Don't like Politics

Ten Memorable Political Comedies

Make Up Your Mind! at Punch Line

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Make Up Your Mind! is the "comedy baby" of Bay Area comics David Studebaker and Dash Kwiatkowski, and features headliner Joe Klocek, who is known for his quick wit with audiences as well as his smart political discourse. Held the night before elections, the show is designed to not only get people laughing at today's politics, but also to remind them to get out and vote the next day. According to the press release, "this show is designed to open the floor to every point of view and offer us all one thing we can get behind: laughter."

The show starts at 8 p.m. November 5 at Punch Line San Francisco. Tickets are $15, available here.

Joe Klocek at Punch Line San Francisco

Presidential Debates + Comedy Show

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Local producer and comedian Samson Koletkar, along with comedienne Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, who covered the 2004 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions and is a regular on NPR's Snap Judgement, have welcomed audiences all month to watch the 2012 debates followed by an all-star roster of comics dishing out political satire. The roster boasts "a lesbian Latina, a black lesbian single mother, a single father of three daughters, a transsexual, a Mormon, a non-U.S. Citizen and, just to balance things out, a fistful of straight white men."

The final show will screen the final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, focused on foreign policy. Following the debate, one of the country's premiere political comedians, the Bay Area's own Will Durst, will share his astute observations on this year's election, along with late-night vet Johnny Steele and SF Weekly's "Best Tranny Comedienne" and all-star satirist Natasha Muse.

The show starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 22 at The Washington Inn, Oakland. Tickets are $10, available here.

Elect to Laugh! with Will Durst

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Speaking of Durst, the satirist just won't stay quiet this election season. In addition to his cameos around town, you can catch him every Tuesday until election night at San Francisco's Marsh Theater. Elect to Laugh! promises "political comedy for people who don't like politics" -- so don't be afraid to join in and learn a little!

Learn more about Elect to Laugh! at The Exhibitionist, and get your tickets here, discounted to $10 with the code "vote."

Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco.

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