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5: Stand Up Comedy

Created: 08 Jun 2015

For our latest expedition we went out for a night of live stand up comedy. Combining local clubs, touring acts, cable networks, netflix, and the White House correspondents dinner, the American art form of stand up is far reaching and growing. We headed to the The Comedy Cellar in New York ...

New York Times Off Color: Kristina Wong uses humor to talk about race

Created: 04 Dec 2014

Off Color, a video series, highlights artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today. Dating in Los Angeles is not easy. Just ask Kristina Wong, a Chinese-American performance artist and ...

SARAH SILVERMAN IS VISITED BY JESUS CHRIST

Created: 27 Jan 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahdR6aHQvMQ Great example of using humor to talk about difficult topics. ...

David Letterman – Environmental Activist, Tim DeChristopher

Created: 30 Jun 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnRwqS25b6o Tim DeChristopher makes an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and is able to talk about some really radical ideas in a sensible ...

Nonprofit Fights Poverty With Poverty | The Onion

Created: 22 Feb 2013

This is from 2006 but somehow stayed relevant. Our crack team of anti-poverty activists is totally devoted to marshalling every resource at our disposal," Lindstrom said as she stood under a flickering light bulb in the office's bathroom and added some water to an old toner cartridge to ...

The Joker Always Wins

Created: 16 Jan 2013

One of my favorite lessons from the School for Creative Activism is this: fun can be powerful and comedy can be dead serious.  The best activism is effective because it hits people at an emotional level - at that gut-level sweet spot where decisions are made before conscious thought.  But it's ...

Sarah Silverman, Comedy, and the idea of the meta-bigot

Created: 02 Jan 2012

This piece from Slate in 2005 introduces the interesting idea of a meta-bigots: Silverman has become an important member of a guerrilla vanguard in the culture wars that we might call the "meta-bigots".... The meta-bigots work at social problems indirectly; instead of discussing race, rape, ...

Always good stuff from ill doctrine

Created: 16 Dec 2011

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Kids on Wall Street

Created: 27 Nov 2011

7 year old Interviews Occupy DC protesters   Wonder Showzen: Where will you hide when the revolution comes? This is from a couple years ago, but I have never forgotten it. [youtube ...

The greatest victory comes from culture, not weapons

Created: 03 Aug 2011

I've been reading Paul Provenza and Dan Dion's ¡SATIRISTAS! Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians and it's filled with wonderful moments like the one above. The book is a series of 3-5 page interviews with comedians and satirists from Paul Krassner to Rosanne Barr. Every ...

Laughter Against The Machine – Tour Documentary

Created: 15 Jul 2011

First, you have to know about W. Kamau Bell. W. KAMAU BELL is one of the fastest-rising socio-political comics in the United States, best known for his critically acclaimed solo show "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.” Praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our ...

Man explains why he loves the Orlando Police Dept

Created: 10 Jul 2011

YouTube - ‪Shocking!! Man explains to WFTV News why he loves the Orlando Police Department - ...

Can Conservative Political Humor Be Funny?

Created: 16 Jun 2011

"An Examination of The 1/2 Hour News Hour and An American Carol" on Splitsider today looks at why conservative political humor has failed. The crux of the argument is here: So where Surnow was wrong was in presuming that effective comedy tilts right or left, because the tilt of truly ...

There's always something being said

Created: 10 Jul 2010

"There's always something being said. What I used to say to comics all the time was, if you're gonna stand on stage and talk to a room full of people, you might want to figure out what you wanna say." –Dylan ...

God Hates Flags

Created: 09 Feb 2010

The infamous westboro baptist church visited San Francisco. WBC’s hate-promoting signs were answered by multiple signs of randomness, nonsensical yelling, and even a unicorn. A portable stereo blared Lady GaGa, while press and people passing by ignored the WBC signs and took pictures and ...

Al Gore on Creative Activism

Created: 14 Jan 2010

Click to play or download here: Al Gore On Creative ...

Miami's Community Avengers

Created: 11 Sep 2009

Have No Fear the Community Avengers are Here! As the right wing mob mobilizes to shut down democratic debate on health care reform; as Van Jones is forced from the White House through distortions of the truth and plays on racial and political fears; as the recession deepens - the masked ...

Jonah Lehrer on Colbert

Created: 15 Feb 2009

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Jonah Lehrer Emotions vs. Rationality in decision making. Artists need to embrace the emotional influence their work has in decision ...

Candy Raver Russian Revolutionaries

Created: 02 Dec 2008

Not everyone has much faith in art-activism, but you can't please 'em all. Do symbolic protests accomplish anything more than raising morale for the protesters? If not is it enough to simply raise morale? Or do actions like this War prank create temporary autonomous zones and manifest, albeit ...

Mark Fiore's Subversive Cartoons

Created: 28 Oct 2008

Mark Fiore is a political Flash cartoonist who cranks out a new short almost every week. He is clearly a liberal Democrat and his cartoons slant that way, but even when I find the ideas annoying or simplistic, or superficially critical, the cartoons are still funny. There are objectively funny ...

Wassup 2008

Created: 25 Oct 2008

Funny, engaged in pop culture, arguably hard-hitting message... this is ...

Laugh at a Campaign Pitch? Sure. Visit the Grandparents? Not So Much. – NYTimes.com

Created: 23 Oct 2008

MIAMI — When Sarah Silverman told young Jews to get their lazy rotund rear ends to Florida to persuade their grandparents to vote for Senator Barack Obama, one question loomed: Would they go? This weekend was the first big test, a kickoff for the so-called Great Schlep, and so far, ...

Larry Flynt Producing 'Palin porno' political parody

Created: 14 Oct 2008

I think the key line here actually comes at the end. "Whatever you think of Larry Flynt, the man knows his First Amendment," Kelly concluded. Seriously, that smut monger is a true champion of the First Ammendment, and we should all remember that the freedom of speech is the freedom to be ...

Design Won't Save The World

Created: 08 Sep 2008

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The State: Free Market Store

Created: 18 Aug 2008

For those not fortunate enough to remember watching The State, it was a brilliant comedy show often surreal or scatalogicaly political. This skit rolls with a black comedy to match the best Monty Python, and gets the viewer with a brujtally funny depiction of Eastern Europe after the Iron ...

Tropic Thunder – comedy is anarchy

Created: 13 Aug 2008

...in comedy, context is everything. "Tropic Thunder"... doesn't risk simply offending; at times the picture is almost appalling in its tastelessness -- I watched parts of it agape. But Stiller and his ensemble... understand that comedy is anarchy. As much as we want our lives to be stable and ...

Get Your War On: Terrorist Watch List

Created: 03 Aug 2008

This is a new video from 23/6.com a political-ish comedy site. The video is about a serious issue, but treats it in a comical-ish way. Which is a fine strategy if done well, but I there's just not quite enough substance here. All you really get from the video is that there's a terrorist watch ...

Kurt Vonnegut Interview Mashup

Created: 01 Aug 2008

I read Timequake (one of Vonnegut's last books) recently and was surprised to see how often it related to the How to Win project. The novel isn't about any one theme, but ideas of art and affecting change are woven throughout. Vonnegut seems to be reflecting on how his literature has ...

San Francisco to vote on naming sewer after George Bush

Created: 29 Jun 2008

Is this art? Is it activistm? Certainly, the power elite are not shaking in their boots over such stunts, but this just viscerally seems right. via: the Independet By Guy Adams in Los Angeles Friday, 27 June 2008 San Francisco Public Utilities Commission The plant that could be renamed ...

How George Carlin Changed Comedy

Created: 23 Jun 2008

via: Time When the culture began to change in the late 1960s — when the old one-liner comics on the Ed Sullivan Show were looking pretty tired and irrelevant to a younger generation experimenting with drugs and protesting the War in Vietnam — George Carlin was the most important stand-up ...

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