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Published March 30, 2017

THIS JUST IN: GCDC FAMOUS! 

For those of you who don’t read the news, we will deliver it for you: we made the Washington Post! Thanks to America’s best journalist Sadie Dingfelder for a winning piece.

As mentioned in the article, people on both sides of the political aisle are currently stressed out about the future of our great nation, and it turns out that research supports our operational theory that our comedy shows can serve as an effective and even healthy alternative to Xanax. As mentioned in the article by D.C. psychologist Vaile Wright, who worked on a January survey from the American Psychological Association, “Going to a benefit comedy show or concert combines two proven stress busters: having fun with like-minded people and contributing to a cause you care about.”

On top of that, we’ve got so much more to be excited about. Despite Trump’s disgusting travel ban, his awful maneuvers on gay rights, and the shocking total dissolution of the Department of State, we’re still here and we’re running great comedy benefits to address these very issues on the first Thursday of every month of 2017 at The Bier Baron Tavern.

Think of us as the string musicians on the Titanic, singing as the ship gracefully descends into the abyss, but instead of the Titanic it’s America and instead of beautiful classical string music it’s jokes about online dating.

 

Published Feb 8, 2017

GRASSROOTS COMEDY DC announces benefit stand-up comedy showcase for THE CHESAPEAKE CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK

Grassroots Comedy DC (GCDC), Washington’s newest and “meatiest” stand-up-comedy-for-a-cause consortium, announced today that their March, 2017 benefit showcase at the Bier Baron Tavern will be for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). Tickets can be purchased for $12 plus a donation of your choice here.

Robert Mac, winner of Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots competition, will headline the show.

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Robert Mac

“CCAN is a great group,” declared comic and GCDC co-founder Matt Dundas, as if they need his approval. “Quite worthy of an evening of quips and tart observations.”

For its part, CCAN works locally and regionally to prevent a climate catastrophe which, especially after the election, seems all but certain. But is their work pointless? Hardly!

The consequences of a worst-case outcome from climate change are so hilariously unthinkable – seriously: don’t think about it – there’s nothing left to do but try extremely hard to stop it.

“Climate change is tricky,” said Dundas. “Since it’s not very benign to most people, you really have to be a cold-hearted prick to laugh about climate change. Fortunately, we’re up to the task.”

WHO: Grassroots Comedy DC and The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, with headliner Robert Mac

WHAT: Stand-up Comedy Benefit Showcase

WHERE: The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

WHEN: Thursday, March 2, 2017; doors at 6:30pm, showtime 7:30pm

 

Published January 31, 2017

Point/Counterpoint: Health Care

Now, for a fresh perspective, we bring you “Point/Counterpoint”, a Devil’s Advocate view of the critical issues. Today, as we prepare for our upcoming stand-up comedy benefit for La Clinica Del Pueblo, we issue a Point/Counterpoint on the critical issue of HEALTH CARE. For these points we put ourselves in the minds of our political opposition, to the extent that that is possible, and allow them to debate each other. Let’s see how it plays out.

  • POINT: HEALTH CARE IS UNNECESSARY. Health care is unnecessary for most people. Did you know that most people are healthy? From listening to the news you’d think that the whole damn country is on dialysis. But in fact it’s the opposite. A full 90% of Americans are totally healthy. WTF? Why do we even need health care then? I feel fine! How are you? You’re probably fine and if you’re not there’s probably not much that can be done for you. I’m so sick and tired of doctors and nurses being in charge of our damn health care system, as if they don’t stand to gain by all of us running to the hospital. I say: shut the whole dastardly medieval experiment down.
  • COUNTERPOINT: HEALTH CARE IS TERRIBLE. Health care is really bad. Did you know that malpractice and medical error are leading causes of death? Probs best to skip the headache, or the critically urgent surgery, altogether. Let’s move away from a government sponsored health care system to nothing at all, that’s what I say. When was your last trip to the hospital? Was it fun? Statistically speaking, it was a drag. Research shows that most hospital visits are negative experiences. Why do we keep going? I took a friend to the hospital once and you know what happened? He died. Sure, he was probably dead before we got there; I didn’t ask him. My point is that we’ve been brainwashed into believing that we’re supposed to be so healthy that every time anything goes wrong – say a paper cut, or a heart attack – we run like little children to a doctor, who tells us that we need an operation or a drug or we’re going to die. Except you know what? We’re going to die anyway. That’s how it goes. How is this even a thing?! I think we would all breathe a whole lot easier – or not at all – withOUT health care, because health care is terrible.

Putting yourself in the mind of your opposition can be a powerful tool. I think we’ve all learned something from this little exercise, don’t you? I learned that our opposition, or at least my closest mental facsimile thereto, is mentally insane and totally devoid of empathy and should definitely be removed from power. How about you?

Published January 27, 2017

GCDC’s Inaugural Message

Grassroots Comedy DC’s Chris Blackwood proves that America is less divided than we think we are during the inauguration of our 45th president…sort of.

Published January 19, 2017

Local comedy legend Tony Woods to headline La Clinica Del Pueblo show!

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Tony Woods

Local celebrity comedian Tony Woods will headline Grassroots Comedy DC’s upcoming benefit for the immigrant health care provider La Clinica Del Pueblo on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Bier Baron Tavern in Washington, D.C. (Tickets here.)

GCDC is hosting fundraisers on the first Thursday of each month in 2017 at Bier Baron to push back against the incoming administration’s horrifying agenda.

The January show was a sold-out benefit for the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund. We raised $1400 for the cause and got more than 100 commitments to attend the Women’s March on Washington.

For the La Clinica Del Pueblo show, we’re stressing the fact that these folks are caught in not one but two sets of crosshairs, being both a recipient of Federal funding (including Obamacare money) and being a provider for immigrants, who are a primary target of Trump’s ire. By attending the show and supporting the cause, you’ll be helping to push back against two ugly tides: the repeal of a health care law that has covered 20 million Americans (mostly low income folks) and the targeting of a vulnerable (and local) immigrant population.

On top of that: jokes! Our comedy shows are 99% comedy, 1% guilt-you-to-give. Half the ticket price goes straight to the cause and 100% of what you donate at the show goes to the cause, but the show itself is all about making you laugh and, if possible, forget about your social concerns for 90 or so minutes.

Tony Woods will accomplish this. A veteran of HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and ABC-TV’s “Last Comic Standing”, Woods is a polished performer and a sure thing to entertain. A rare local comic who has broken into the national and international comedy scene and yet still calls the District his home, Woods can be seen at comedy festivals and clubs in New York City or Beijing or right here at the Bier Baron Tavern in Washington, D.C. at 7:30pm on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

 

Published January 1, 2017

2016 Silver Lining: Our New Direction

Anyone with a pulse and a fraction of a soul can agree- 2016 was a rough year for humanity. The deaths of many musical icons was just the beginning: the passing of David Bowie, Prince, Phife Dawg, Leonard Cohen, George Michael and more makes us scared to even check on the health status of Kenny G.

And then there was ISIS. And the ongoing refugee crisis. And Orlando. And more killings of unarmed black people by police. And frat boy olympian douchery. And Brexit. And Trump.

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Oh, and Brangelina broke up.

The point is, it’s been a rough year and we at GCDC are happy for the beginning of a new one. Yes, we are also still going through the stages of grief (is a combo of disappointment, disgust, and anger a stage?), but we are attempting to do our best to look at 2017 as an opportunity to do better. Which in theory, should be pretty easy considering the bar has sunken to the molten core of the earth.

The Opportunity

With the incoming administration losing the popular vote by nearly 3 MILLION (roughly the population of Armenia), there are a lot of people who are concerned about the new direction of our country and planet, and the many pro-humanity issues that are under attack. Lot’s of people are talking about doing something to address this attack, but it can be difficult to know what to do exactly, or where to even start.

Our New Approach

In 2017 and beyond, Grassroots Comedy will focus its comedic efforts on creating opportunities for people to be a part of the opposition through a COMEDIC RESISTANCE. We will do this by hosting monthly shows, each of which will focus on a different issue that the incoming administration has made clear it’s determined to bring down. We support each of these issues holistically, through offering comedic entertainment that makes people laugh and builds awareness around the issue at hand. We use these comedic efforts to raise funds, engage local community members, and create calls to action (because doing something good is an excellent remedy for the feeling of hopelessness).

LONG LIVE THE COMEDIC RESISTANCE!

 

Published November 8, 2017

Election Night 2016

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Published June 12

My Name Is Donald

Here we humbly provide “My Name Is Donald”. Inspired by Suzanne Vega’s “Luka”, written and performed by Matt Dundas, and mixed and mastered by Danny Charnley. Enjoy.

 

Published March 12, 2016

Special Report: Are Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump the Same Person?

By Chris Blackwood

Upon initial glance one might find this question absurd: Are Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump the same person? 

“Of course not!” you’d probably say. Donald Trump is a racist, chauvinistic billionaire entrepreneur asshole with a long history of failed businesses, yet with a valuable net worth nonetheless given his many investments with a helpful start of over a jillion dollars passed down by his father in the 70’s. And Bernie Sanders, in many ways, appears to be the opposite: a modest long-term political insider with a history of fighting for civil rights and progressive issues as long as Donald’s history of shitting on poor people.

But take another look at these two candidates and you’ll see that they actually have more in common than meets the eye, just as the well respected, bi-partisan and straight shooting pundit Bill O’ Reilly recently explained in this interview. Indeed, when one takes a closer look at these two, you start to realize that they actually have a ton in common. And, most alarmingly, they’ve never been in the same room at the same time!

Consider:

  1. They both wear shoes to all of their campaign events. It is an undisputed fact that both Trump and Sanders have been consistently wearing shoes throughout their campaigns. In all pictures that display their entire bodies, shoes have been spotted on their feet. Sometimes even the same color.
  2. Neither of them is black, or a woman. All sources have supported the fact that neither Trump nor Sanders is a woman nor African American: not even a little bit. Some sources say that they both may also not be Latino, Asian, or transsexual either (although research is still being conducted to confirm this).
  3. Neither of them is an Olympic athlete. All sources have confirmed that neither candidate is an Olympic athlete. While Bernie Sanders has been known to occasionally play basketball, neither he nor Trump have ever made it to the Olympics. Trump, while not the athletic type, has been known for at least playing video games (although not on an Olympic level).
  4. They both have the letter ‘r’ in their last names. Sanders. Trump. Need we say more?
  5. They both have made numerous public statements about minorities. Sure, Trump’s comments have been disparaging, and Sanders’s have been supportive, but the point is that they’re both talking about minorities. No need to get nit picky about details.
  6. Neither of them has travelled to Togo this year. This is a confirmed fact: neither Sanders nor Trump has travelled to the West African nation of Togo this year.
  7. They both talk about themselves in their speeches. If you carefully watch the speeches of each candidate, you will notice that both Trump and Sanders talk about themselves all the time in their speeches on the campaign trail. It’s always “I will do this” or “I will stop that.” It’s possible they even have the same speechwriter, although this has yet to be confirmed.
  8. They have both been married one or more times. Both Trump and Sanders have been married at least one time. Fact.
  9. Neither has supported Hillary Clinton for president. If you pay close attention to the many things that Trump and Sanders support, you will notice that neither of them support Hillary Clinton for president.
  10. Neither of them has addressed National Comedy Day as part of their political agenda. While it is possible that they are both waiting to get past the partisan primaries to get to the mainstream issue of National Comedy Day, as of now neither Trump nor Sanders has addressed the need for such a day. Perhaps Trump considers it obvious, as it has been suggested that Trump’s entire campaign is, in fact, a joke. A bad joke. A bad joke gone horribly, horribly wrong.

 

Published February 12, 2016

FAA Drone Regulations Are Ready!

By Matt Dundas

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Matt Dundas

The Federal Aviation Administration (or FAA – pronounced “Faah”, like in the Talking Heads song) recently published its highly anticipated recreational drone regulations and holy shit! Idiots hate them.

After considerable analysis by highly sophisticated people, it appears that the key takeaways are: don’t fly your drone into any airliners and don’t blow up large numbers of people. Idiots are concerned that this represents yet another power grab by Emperor Obama.

The idiots complain that the rules are too burdensome on law-abiding Americans, whose 2nd Amendment rights protect them against “having to listen to this shit”.

“I thought I could do whatever the fuck I want,” said a moron who asked not to be identified for fear of losing his government job. “This is bullshit.” (He doesn’t own a drone and was just commenting generally.)

Further, and infuriating all but the most commonsensical among us, all unmanned model aircraft (or UMAs, named after Uma Thurman) must register with the federal government. “Are we dogs now?” inquired a really stupid person.

What’s getting lost in this debate is the implied importance of this issue over other, more salient matters pressing up against America’s bosom. The obvious question that you’re already thinking is, How and why is this more important than creating National Comedy Day?

That’s right: after a handful of months and almost two hundred petition signatures, President Obama still has not issued an executive order declaring May 12 National Comedy Day, which would enable Americans of all political stripes to tell dick and fart jokes at work for a day, once a year.

In allowing his Faah to move forward with the Uma Thurman stuff, Obama is sending a silent but deafening message to Americans: not only are you not funny, but you can’t be not funny where your drone don’t belong.

Again, idiots everywhere lost it.

“I’ll be an unfunny asshole anywhere the fuck I want,” said a freak in the streets.

Matt Dundas is a national reporter with Grassroots Comedy DC, and he cares a lot.

 

Published July 13, 2015

The Secret Diary of Donald J. Trump

Ed note: Through well-placed and very secret sources, GCDC has obtained access to the private journal of businessman, Republican Presidential candidate, and follicle innovator Donald Trump. It is presented without comment below:

June 29th:

Ok, soo not sure how I should start this thing…what’s up Diary. This is the best Diary in the world. Its pages are made of silk and its bound in the hide of a kind of leopard I had hunted to extinction. I slept so good last night. The best sleep anyone has ever had. My bed is the best bed. Its technically the world’s 3rd largest beanbag and it’s filled with tapioca pudding that’s changed daily by my employees, who all love me and think I’m great. I am a job creator. My sheets are animal pelts and they are fantastic. I am very rich.

July 2nd:

You know, a lot people might think I’m racist, but I’m also in the WWE Hall of Fame! Don’t see that in the NY Times. I would cancel my subscription but I like making my butler do the Sunday crossword on a timer. Every minute it takes him I peg him with a bb gun. It’s good to connect with the common man, you know?

July 4th:

Happy 4th Diary! I’m off to the Hamptons to shoot bottle rockets at dolphins from Dick Cheney’s yacht. I hope he doesn’t bring Sean Hannity. That little nerd never leaves me alone. “I have a great business idea” blah, blah, blah. I don’t read ‘investment proposals’. I build garish, ostentatious monuments to my own hubris that defy the laws of man, God, and finance, then I slap my name right up on top in gold. God I’m fantastic.

July 5th:

I’m thinking about getting a giant pile of gold and jewels to swim around in, Scrooge McDuck style. How dare some cartoon waterfowl think he can live better than me! My pool will be six hundred feet wide and full of AMERICAN money, not Nazi gold. Well not a lot of Nazi gold. I’m very rich.

July 6th:

Got on Wikipedia and found out about like 12 new races I’ve never heard of. Weird stuff. I wonder if any of them were the country that Obama is from. I always forget. Anyway, I’m a little bummed that I have to learn new stereotypes for the rest of the day. Being racists just isn’t as easy as it used to be :/

July 9th:

Can’t wait to be President. First order of business, National Break-Dancing Day. I, Donald Trump, am secretly a huge fan of break-dancing. So glad I can confide this to you Diary. You’re the best friend my toupee ever had. Also have I mentioned that I’m very rich? That’s two things about Donald Trump – I’m rich, and love poppin’ and lockin’ like a real street b-boy, ya dig?

July 11th:

Am I wrong? Maybe almost everyone in the world is right and I am a narcissistic clown, parading around  for a barely interested public because I can’t even find solace in wealth, which is literally the best thing ever. Last week I crashed my gold-plated jet ski into the side of Bill Gates’ beach house and I honestly barely felt anything. Jeez, I need to cheer up. I’m going to find a poor person and make them eat change or something.

July 13th:

Don’t know what I’ll do tonight, still a little bummed. I heard there’s a show at Jake’s Boiler Room at 8. Even though I’m an abhorrent person and walking embodiment of the flaws of capitalism I do have excellent taste in comedy, so I’ll probably stop by the check it out. Also, I should mention that I’m very rich.