Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Funny Democrat and a Funny Republican come together for a good cause.

President Obama and Senator McCain may not have gotten along at the Health Care Reform Summit. And Governor Christie may have his sights set on the NJ budget woes that will sure to flare up with Senate President Steve Sweeney.

But, Republicans and Democrats can work together to work on helping raise funds for a good cause.

Stand Up Against Hunger is a fund raising event hosted by Elijah’s Promise to abate hunger in the community of New Brunswick. The one time comedy show will help raise funds for the soup kitchen.

The event boasts two featured comedians me, Joey Novick (Democrat) and Republican Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (‘Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey’) with special guest appearances by Scott Blakeman and Jeff Kreisler.

Scott Blakeman has appeared on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and co-hosted of several political humor segments on NBC's "Sunday Today". Scott was the warmup comedian for the Late Show with David Letterman and the CBS comedy series Welcome To New York.

Jeff Kreisler is the winner of the Bill Hicks Spirit Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, writer for Comedy Central's Indecision2008, IFC, and author of Harper Collins' "Get Rich Cheating" (a Boston Globe bestseller).

Since Elijah's Promise began in 1989, they have been helping low-income people in the central New Jersey community. From nutritious meals, to social services and health screening, to culinary arts job training and entrepreneurial training, to our their own catering business, Elijah's Promise has been moving people from hunger to wholeness.


Thursday March 18th
Crossroads Theatre (7 Livingston Ave. New Brunswick)

Advanced at $25
at the door $35
Limited seating--reserve your tickets today!

Doors open at 6:15 for refreshments
Show begins at 7:00
General admission seating

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sarah Palin: Testing the Tea Waters

Last night, when Sarah Palin took the stage at the first ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville, TN to the sounds of cheering from those who could afford the $300 price tag for the dinner, she was clearly testing the waters for the 2012 race for President. If my memory serves me correctly, the first tea party---the one up in Boston cost zilch. And the folks who attended dressed up in costume. The folks last night were dressed in their Conservative best.

Palin, becoming well known more for her “Quip Conservatism” rather than true conservative values, had President Obama right in her sights. She poked fun of his intellectual prowess, by declaring that, “To win that war [on terrorism], we need a commander in chief, not a professor of law,”

Yup, we were better off with someone like Bush as Commander-in-Cheif who told us with his cowboy imperialism to “Bring’em on!”, with regard to terrorists. Or someone like Palin who could not name a Supreme Court decision she’d disagree with or name a single newspaper or magazine she reads. Or said "Ohh, good, thank you, yes,” after a Canadian prank caller complimented her on the documentary about her life, Hustler's "Nailin Paylin.”

Yup, that’s who we need in the White House. Someone who declares that “I will live, I will die for the people of America…This party that we call the Tea Party, this movement, as I say, is the future of politics in America.”

As long as there is a $100,000 price tag for speaking.

However, I leave with this warning from radio-show host Lionel, posted on Facebook:

“Laugh at Sarah Palin at your own peril. She's a superstar among a very volatile and very angry electorate. Tea baggers mobilize; they show up; they vote. How many Obamanation acolytes have receded into the woodwork and retreated to their keyboards and keypads? And finally, if anyone else had said what Palin said about Obama, you might have very well agreed. You just can't believe she's this big.”