Ted Rall, Myq Kaplan and Leo Allen join with other top comedians standing up for Human Needs Over Corporate Greed
UPDATE:We are proud to announce that Myq Kapln, Leo Allen, and Nimesh Patel will be joining Lee Camp, Janine Brito, Negin Farsad and political cartoonist and author Ted Rall for the Political Comedy bight to benefit the October 2011 Coalition.
* Jamie Kilstein and John Fugelsang will be unable to join us due to last minute out of town bookings.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 21 - 6PM (yes 6PM, that was not a typo )
WHERE: Bowery Poetry Club. (308 Bowery between Houston & Bleeker) NYC
100% of the evenings proceeds benefit the October 2011 Coalition.
About the new additions to the lineup:
Leo Allen is a New York City-based comedian, writer, actor, and filmmaker. His televised stand-up comedy performances include: Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC's Late Friday's, and his own Comedy Central Presents: Leo Allen 1/2 hour stand-up special. For three seasons, Leo wrote for "Saturday Night Live" & he has appeared at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, South by Southwest, The Chicago Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, and many others.
Myq Kaplan (website) Myq Kaplan is a comedian named Myq Kaplan. He is a 2010 Last Comic Standing Finalist and has appeared on the Tonight Show, Comedy Central Presents, and many other places that you might not care about. His CD, Vegan Mind Meld, was one of iTunes top ten best-selling comedy albums in 2010.
On Wednesday, September 21st, at special start time of 6PM- Leo Allen, Janine Brito, Lee Camp, Negin Farsad, Myq Kaplan, Nimesh Patel and Ted Rall will join host Dennis Trainor Jr at The Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery between Houston & Bleeker) for a night of Political Comedy to benefit the October 2011 Coalition.
Leo and Myq join the following performers
Janine Brito (website) started doing standup comedy in St. Louis and has performed at clubs and theaters throughout the US and Hong Kong. Now a rising star on the San Francisco scene, she is a regular at the Punchline, winner of the 2009 SF Women's Comedy Competition, recipient of Rooftop Comedy's 2010 Silver Nail Award, and host of the Laughter Against The Machine Comedy Tour.
Lee Camp (website) Janeane Garofalo says of Camp: “He is an amazing writer and a great political thinker. He’s the change you and I want to see.” … And Paul Provenza shares this praise: “Lee Camp is the Che Guevara of comedy. Congrats to him on his balls and integrity. Everything he does is SO good. We need more comedians with his kind of fearlessness.”
Negin Farsad (website) recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post, which wrote "Negin Farsad is a one-woman force: comedian, writer, actor, director, and producer." Farsad also produced, directed, wrote, and performed in the Comedy Central series, The Watch List. As a standup comedian she has opened for the likes of Al Franken & Bobby Lee (Mad TV) in venues ranging from the Laugh Factory in NYC, the Comedy Store in L.A., and Town Hall on Broadway.
Nimish Patel (bio coming soon)
Ted Rall is an award winning author and cartoonist. For more, see his website.
Dennis Trainor, Jr. (website) will serve as host. Dennis is a writer, performer, filmmaker and the host of the video series Acronym. Previously, he served as a media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign and has been a featured video editorial commentator for The Uptake. His documentary on U.S. foreign policy, MANIFEST DESTINY’S CHILD, was released in January 2011.
About the October 2011 Coalition
The October2011 Coalition is a group of activists and organizations that support peace and social, economic, and environmental justice. Thousands of people from all over the country will join us on October 6, 2011, to begin a non-violent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. to demand that our voices be heard.
October 6th marks ten years that we have been in Afghanistan. It marks the beginning of the 2012 so-called austerity budget that will bring pain and suffering to the middle-class and poor, and further enrichment to the already wealthy.
We demand that our leaders represent us, not just the top 2%. We demand that they tax the rich, bring our troops home, and end corporate personhood.
We will arrive at Freedom Square on October 6th, but we will not pack up and leave at the end of the day. We will stay. We are willing to risk arrest. Americans have asked, “Where is our Tahrir Square? When are we going to do what our brothers in sisters in Spain, in Greece, have done?” This is our answer. We are committed to non-violent resistance. We will stay as long as we have to.
Here is our Mission Statement. Here is our FAQ page. And here is our Pledge, a pledge that thousands of people have already taken -- people such as Ann Wright, Baldemar Velasquez, Chris Hedges, Coleen Rowley, Cornel West, Cynthia McKinney, Ray McGovern, Sibel Edmonds, Medea Benjamin, Ted Rall, and many more.
It’s time to Stop the Machine, Create a New World. We will begin on October 6th.
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