Training Montage

The comedians of Laughter Against the Machine are bullies, except they only bully up, never down. When a big guy kicks a little guy, these guys kick the big guy — with jokes. This type of maneuver used to be the province of the left wing, but these days the left wing is interested only in sticking its head in the sand, as you may have noticed. So, oppositely, Laughter Against the Machine is staging an attack on Arizona, D.C., Wisconsin, and other places that are famous for being really, really fucked up right now, aka going on tour. Tea Party meets LATM ought to be something like religious baking soda meets intelligent vinegar, so it’s a good thing a filmmaker’s going along for the ride. At the Laughter Against the Machine National Tour Workshop Show, varsity LATM-ers Janine Brito and Nato Green (SF Weekly Best Comedian 2010) and a slew of JV hopefuls (Emily Heller, Kevin Camia, Chris Garcia) do their warm-ups. When they go out into the field this fall, they’ll be up against who knows what kind of religious baking soda — they need to train hard to get very strong and fast, so try not to laugh at them at all tonight; show tough love. Go team! (Also, tonight’s show is a Kickstarter benefit fundraiser kinda deal for the tour and documentary; giving money should make it easier not to laugh.)
Mon., June 13, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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