Fri Apr 21, 2017, 11:13 AM
HAB911 (1,960 posts)
In the era of Donald Trump, humor is a delivery system for truth
Donald Trump's first 100 days as president have been harrowing, unsettling and, above all, absurd. So it should come as no surprise that the finest commentators on Trump's tenure have been — and remain — those with a well-developed sense of absurdity.
As the Trump has devolved, I've had a chance to make common cause with cartoonists, satirists and comics on radio, television and at events across the country. There was never any question that this president merited mockery. But Trump has been the target of more than jokes; he has inspired some of the most pointed and effective comedy in this country's long and honorable history of ridiculing errant executives.
I spent last week at the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, where my friend Lizz Winstead had people laughing and crying and, above all, thinking about the threats posed by a commander in chief who has displayed scorching disregard for the majority of Americans.
This week, I'll have a chance to welcome Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour to Madison — featuring the brilliant host of "The Stephanie Miller Show" on radio, Frangela (Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton) and John Fugelsang. The tour, which Fugelsang refers to as "comic-con for sane people with a sense of humor," returns to the Barrymore Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday.
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