Laughing Liberally Tucson present THE BIG SHOW on October 28…Saving democracy One Laugh at a Time…
The Laughing Liberally Tucson Comedy Showcase presents THE BIG SHOW Sunday, October 28 @ 7pm at The El Con Club (Randolph Golf Complex/Reid Park). This special 2012 Election Primer will benefit The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. THE BIG SHOW features Dave “Fitz” Fitzsimons, editorial cartoonist and columnist for Arizona Daily Star. His editorial cartoons are syndicated to over 700 sites worldwide. A Tucson icon, he is simply known as “Fitz” and is a popular speaker and humorist who delights crowds with his quick draw comedy. Also appearing on the THE BIG SHOW is comedy bluesman Dr. Tom Potter, former professor, actor, comedian, and magician who has opened for Jay Leno and is a regular on the Las Vegas Strip.
Laughing Liberally Tucson provides a space and meeting place for Tucson performers and audience members who enjoy the art of political comedy. Laughing Liberally Tucson is the newest chapter the Living Liberally project, a nationwide effort which builds progressive communities through social networks and events. Laughing Liberally Tucson chapter organizer Phil Gordon is a local comic who performs regularly at Tucson’s LAFFs Comedy Café and other comedy clubs across Arizona and around the country. Gordon says, “Laughing Liberally Tucson is a place for performers to present material in a politically friendly environment. The sky is the limit in how far we may go as a group. Our hope is to build a community of interest and enhance our stable of local talent. 2012 promises to be an exciting year in politics and Laughing Liberally Tucson is ready to step up and do our part to save democracy one laugh at a time.”
The first Laughing Liberally Tucson Comedy Showcase was held in March as part of La Cocina Restaurant’s Tuesday for Tucson series of performances which benefit local non-profits. The Laughing Liberally Comedy Showcase benefited the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Over sixty people attended the first showcase and the word of mouth is buzzing. “While Laughing Liberally is a comedy show which uses humor and laughter to spread understanding of liberal ideas and advance progressive values”, says Gordon, “the venue is open to all ideas and viewpoints. We were delighted to have former Tucson City Councilman Fred Ronstadt, who’s no liberal get up at the first Showcase and try his hand at stand-up comedy. For a republican he was pretty damn funny”. For the past seven months, the monthly showcase has featured top local comedians and occasional special guest celebrities. The April comedy showcase featured Arizona comic Bob Kubota who performs for USO / Comics on Duty tour; A&E; MTV and Comedy Central. In May, Laughing Liberally had a very special surprise visit from faux former Vice President Dick Cheney who wowed the mostly liberal crowd by performing stand-up comedy aimed directly at progressives. “Did you hear the one about the reporter who asked President Obama a tough question?” asked Cheney, “Neither have we” mused the former Vice President. At the August 21 Showcase audiences were treated to a musical tribute to Bain Capital when comic Tom Potter and guitarist Bob Paluzzi combined for some tasty blues rifts.
Phil Gordon believes that Tucson is a progressive community which has already demonstrated great support for the Laughing Liberally chapter. Tucson already has a very active Drinking Liberally chapter and we felt it was a natural to develop a performance vehicle for those who enjoy lively political engagement. Laughing Liberally Tucson is a subset of Living Liberally which is dedicated to creating communities around progressive politics. Through social networks and events, we promote political engagement, and facilitate collaboration among progressive organizations. In your everyday routine and social life, you can be Living Liberally. We believe that our political identity should be part of our regular lives. Too often politics is restricted to one day every four years, or too long, uninviting meetings in fluorescent-lit, linoleum-floored rooms. Instead, we take our politics where we gather, socialize, learn, love and live. We create easy entryways into progressive political involvement, where you can find a community that shares your values. In-person contact is the key to cultivating this social capital. Living Liberally is built upon networks of local gatherings — from weekly meetings in bars to group screenings of progressive films.
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CONTACT INFO: Phil Gordon (847) 471-3314; or http://livingliberally.org/laughing/chapters/AZ/tucson