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Posts Tagged ‘Paul Provenza’

Scenes From LA’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’

FBLA was at the LA satellite version of Jon Stewart‘s “Rally to Restore Sanity” on Saturday. Have to say, though sparsely attended–no more than 1,000 people showed up–the tone was more earnest and less ironic than Stewart’s DC rally. We actually liked it better. Aside from multiple dull platitudes about voting–as if choosing between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown is how we’re going to right the ship of American ills–the comics who took the stage were far more political and aggressive than in DC. Comic Jimmy Dore sagely noted that in the face of trillion dollar Wall Street bailouts and corrupt political officials, teacher and their unions aren’t the ones we should be accusing of greed and scapegoating for the ills of America.

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Satiristas!: The Book

We may need to have a word with Paul Provenza‘s marketing team. His new book Satiristas! is out now…as opposed to right before the holiday season. It’s an epic book of interviews with epic comedians and the perfect Hanukkah and/or Thanksgiving gift for all your depressed relatives. Boxing Day, anyone? Provenza, director of the film about comics’ dirty little secret inside joke The Aristocrats joins photographer and co-author Dan Dion and interviews nearly 100 “comedians, contrarians, raconteurs and vulgarians.” The likes of Drew Carey, George Carlin, Vernon Chatman, Cheech & Chong, Margaret Cho, Stephen Colbert, Billy Connolly and Troy Conrad and everyone else in between. It’s an encyclopedia (that’s a paper wikipedia out there for all you tweens) of funny/angst.

Buy a copy here.