If you think Donald J. Trump becoming President of the United States of America is a gift to comedians, well, not exactly.
In fact, some comedians are rallying against Trump and raising money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), staging a nationwide festival of shows over the Inauguration Day Weekend (Trump formally takes office on Jan. 20, 2017). They’re calling it WHAT A JOKE.
Produced by Emily Winter and Jenn Welch, their mission statement is simple: “In response to our President-elect’s repeated threats on our human rights, comedians in over 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend. From Thursday, January 19th, through Saturday, January 21st, we’re covering the country with comedy. Because seriously, what a joke.”
Winter writes for TV Land and judges the NBC Late Night Writers Workshop scripts, in addition to running parody twitter accounts @Feminist_Bro and @TrumpFeminist. Welch hosts The Half-Hour Hour at The Creek and the Cave, teaches improv at The PIT and is co-creator of The Stand-Up Showdown. They’re based out of New York City, but already have comedians and events organizing in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Knoxville, Los Angeles, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (in Maine and in Oregon), Salt Lake City, Seattle, Tucson, Washington D.C., and across the pond in Oxford, England.
Here’s the current information for the NYC shows…
Subhah Agarwal (Comedy Central)
Kerry Coddett (MTV2’s Joking Off)
Martin Urbano (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)
Jenn Welch (New York Comedy Festival)
Emily Winter (Writer at TV Land, Fusion TV)
Petey DeAbreu (New York Comedy Festival)
Carmen Lagala (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)