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Funny Once In a Lifetime Event Monday Night

Jun 19, 2011
826NYCHey, Ira writing here. Monday night, June 20, I'm in this show that seems like it's going to be kind of amazingly great, with a bunch of people from The Daily Show (John Hodgman, John Oliver, Wyatt Cenac—though come to think of it, is it really right to i.d. Hodgman as "from The Daily Show" at this point?), plus the iconically great Eric Bogosian, Bobby Cannavale and Amy Sedaris. Oh! And Sarah Vowell, who's organizing it and has us all performing famous and memorable speeches from history. That's the event. Plus "outbursts" which is Sarah's tricky way to include anything anyone thinks will be funny to perform in front of an audience.

I may or may not perform a Garrison Keillor "News from Lake Wobegon" monologue, I can't decide. Tried it last weekend on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater in St Paul where they do A Prairie Home Companion, while giving a speech there for Minnesota Public Radio, and it seemed to work with the public radio fans there, to hear his words coming out of my mouth, sounding just like me, with the music we use on our show underneath me as I talked. But maybe that's a situation where context was everything. Hopefully Sarah will tell me if this is a good idea or not.

Yes, it's $40 but that money goes to 826NYC to teach kids to write and not to cocaine and imported shoes like most of the shows mentioned on this blog and yes, I'm talking to you Radiolab and Mike Birbiglia.

Seriously, Sarah keeps telling me all her plans for the night and I think it's going to be a special one.