Comedy in wartime

Last night Max & I joined some fine people at Pianos to see David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Todd Barry, and special guest Janeane Garofalo.

Garofalo’s anti-war jam, which one intrepid member of our group caught on microcassette, was the high point of the evening.

Among other things, Garofalo mentioned that she cut off a recent interview with Time after the reporter opened by asking why all the cool people are in favor of the war and only the geeks are against it.

War: it’s the new black.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am sick over the looming war. I don’t have any more energy to theorize about the motivations behind it, to rail about the media’s role in it, or to speculate about the likely consequences of it. And while I might go hold a candle at a peace vigil in Union Square or something, I know it doesn’t matter what I think or what I do.

Anyway. Leave it to me to make a post about a comedy show all serious.

Something else about the show: Cross, Benjamin and Barry opened by tearing apart almost every quotation and “factual” statement made in a New York Times article about last week’s show. The author, a David Itzkoff, was in the audience. They called him to the stage and publicly excoriated him.


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