There’s nothing like a national fiscal crisis to bring out the worst in our politicians. As President Obama and Congress flirted with disaster, ending up with a predictably lame debt ceiling deal, the ramped up tensions produced glorious opportunities to laugh at our political leadership. Judging by their abysmally low poll numbers, if you aren’t laughing at the inhabitants of Washington D.C. you might consider doing something a little more violent—thankfully Comedy Congress is here to release the pressure, allowing you to laugh at the insanity of the debt ceiling debate, the clamoring of 2012 presidential candidates and the perpetual fight over taxes. But we’re not only charming and witty at Comedy Congress, we can be thoughtful too and for this special show, conducted outside under the stars here at KPCC, we acknowledge the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Comedy in the age of terrorism hasn’t always been an easy task and there have been plenty of hits and misses: David Letterman’s first show after 9/11 is widely recognized as an inspirational classic, while Bill Maher seemingly defending the hijackers got him fired from ABC. A contemplative look back at 9/11/01, unapologetic laughter about the laughable state of our economy, brilliant comics Aisha Tyler, Greg Proops, Ben Gleib and Alonzo Bodden, Patt Morrison guiding the ship, all under the cover of a beautiful Southern California night—please come laugh with us at Comedy Congress, where the truth hurts far less when it’s told by comedians.
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