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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.
“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
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.
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?
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.
Here’s GCDC’s Matt Dundas for a pre-Inaugural message.
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.
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.
And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump. And Trump.
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.
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).