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Democracy Burlesque’s Obamarama, and the fine art of the political skewer

Joe Fedorko and the cast of Democracy Burlesque's Obamarama, currently running in Chicago

Joe Fedorko and the cast of Democracy Burlesque’s Obamarama, currently running in Chicago


So, how is Barack Obama doing on his second first 100 days in office? Can you say Drones, CISPA and Monsanto? Fair? That’s the backdrop of “Obamarama,” the new show by Chicago’s only political sketch comedy, Democracy Burlesque.
Obamarama opened last Tuesday, with an industry night offering to stretch their legs a bit. Set in the cozy and comfortable Mary’s Attic theater, overlooking Clark Street in Chicago’s Andersonville, a cast of regulars and a few new faces pulled no punches in this 90 minute review that mixes, music, satire and at times pure silliness. The show even features its own comedy drone, exposed(!) by the show’s host, Rachel Maddow, ably captured by Democracy Burlesque writer, contributor and actor, Anne Marie Gaggioli.
“…any rumors you may have heard that the neo-futurists have ceased being funny, or that comedy teams from Improv Olympics have been seen herded into unmarked vans, or a smoldering heap of bricks and millions of autographed photos of Bill Murray now litter the corner of North and Wells, where Second City is, well, the less said about all that the better.”
And there is an actual drone-a comedy drone- hovering above the theater. Fear not, this one is aimed at your funny bone only. But there is much more to the show, in one of those rare venues where you can have a meal, sit back comfortably and watch the show. Democracy Burlesque lives up to its reputation of an equal opportunity offender with sketches that take witty and biting jabs at all sides of the political divide, as well as a few you might not have thought of previously.
Actor Brad Davidson returns throughout the show as a Republican candidate caught in a cascading series of apologies, caught between rightwing positions pre-election and the new re-packaged Gay-immigrant-black friendly(?) Republican party. Daniella Rukin is a concerned school administrator sitting down for a parent teacher conference with Michelle Obama(Sylvia Mann) over her husband’s troublesome report card.
Unfortunately Barack doesn’t seem to be living up to his full potential,” Rukin tells a shocked Michelle Obama.
“What do you mean,” replies Michelle, “he started stimulus programs in math class, which restored the worst economy since the great depression? He cleaned up wars, that the previous class started. He’s made enormous headway with gay rights, the glee club loves him! He got good marks in health class when he started Obama care…”
There are battling civil rights, the NRA squares off against Michael Bloomberg(Ed Marks), a pragmatic Chris Christie squaring off against the hardliners in the party and a clever musical bit about the sequester, in which the Defense department is stunned to find itself facing cuts like all of the rest of the government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRsSoyxknEQ
Come for the pull-no-punches political assault, stand up and music, have a drink and a bite from Hamburger Mary’s menu and you might just discover that, hunkered down in the vast centrist middle of the nation, that you aren’t so alone after all!
Obamarama runs Tuesdays April 23rd & 30th
May 7th, 14th & 21st, Mary’s Attic, above Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 North Clark Street in Chicago. Doors open at 7pm. $15 at the door, $12 for students, but subscribe to their email for discounts and specials http://www.democracyburlesque.com/current_show.html

Catch 900poundgorilla’s WC Turck and Brian Murray each Sunday 8-9am only on Our Town with Mike Sanders, at Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT AM and FM, and streaming online.

Friend us on Facebook at Revolution and Beer. And if you have a cause to champion, please let us know as we work to become the grassroots support network for Chicago Activists and community organizers.

Catch the beer of the week review with 900poundgorilla’s WC Turck and Brian Murray each Sunday 8-9am only on Our Town, at Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT AM and FM, and streaming online. And check out the weekly food pairings for our featured beers with innovative and original dishes by Chef AJ Francisco. Friend us on Facebook at Revolution and Beer. And find all of the great beers we review each week at Louis Glunz Beer Inc., http://www.glunzbeers.com


Tonight, the final night of World of Class Warfare, from Democracy Burlesque, bring a gift for the Night Mission and I will by your first drink!

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No partisanship here. Okay, maybe a little. Democracy Burlesque is taking aim at the
inane prattling of the Right, Left and Utterly insane in a world riotous evening of sketch
comedy about the endless battle between the Haves and Have-nots!
Join Democracy Burlesque, Chicago’s only political sketch comedy company for:

WORLD OF CLASS WARFARE! Sketch Comedy for Every Tax Bracket
WHAT: Democracy Burlesque’s WORLD OF CLASS WARFARE!
WHEN: Tuesdays Mar 26th,
WHERE: Mary’s Attic (Above Hamburger Mary’s) 5400 N Clark St.

Come join in the fun as Democracy Burlesque braves the front lines of the financial
fracas to satirize it all in our final show of the series, and join us for the upcoming Obamarama!

SUPPORTING TWO GREAT CAUSES THIS EVENING! AND IF YOU BRING TOOTHPASTE, TOOTHBRUSHES, CHAMPOO, CHAPSTICK OR OTHER SUNDRIES TO SUPPORT THE NIGHT MINISTRY, I, WC TURCK, WILL BUY YOUR FIRST DRINK!

WORLD OF CLASS WARFARE: SKETCH COMEDY FOR EVERY TAX BRACKET!
DB has produced world-premiere political satire since 2006. With contributors and
performers from across Chicagoland, we produce comedy & variety shows that take on
the issues; education, health care, food, elections and more! Democracy Burlesque’s
mission remains to create riotous comedy while raising awareness, supplies and money
for a variety of Causes Célèbre: worthy nonprofit grassroots organizations. So far, we
have helped more than 50 groups raise much-needed cash and awareness, and
continue to do so during our 8th season.

Join the ACTORS OF EVIL – along with an array of special comedy and musical guests (including Crook County, Rachel’s Surrender, Throop McClerg and More!) — as we examine all sides of the Class War. Help out a new charitable cause every week. You
can even contribute to the controversy with a witty line or two yourself! Rise up with
laughter and join us at the barricades of Mary’s Attic.

$15 General Admission
$12 Students
$2 off Gen Admission when you Check-in on Facebook or Twitter @Demoburlesque

For more information about Democracy Burlesque please go to
http://www.democracyburlesque.com or email us at info@democracyburlesque.com.

Find us on Facebook and follow our Twitter feed (@Demoburlesque).

Catch 900poundgorilla’s WC Turck and Brian Murray each Sunday 8-9am only on Our Town with Mike Sanders, at Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT AM and FM, and streaming online. Our Town is sponsored by HORA USA, at http://www.HORAusa.com. HORA is an evolutionary meditative practice for the whole body and mind. Take the next step in your personal evolution at http://www.HORAusa.com.

Friend us on Facebook at Revolution and Beer. And if you have a cause to champion, please let us know as we work to become the grassroots support network for Chicago Activists and community organizers.

Catch the beer of the week review with 900poundgorilla’s WC Turck and Brian Murray each Sunday 8-9am only on Our Town, at Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT AM and FM, and streaming online. Friend us on Facebook at Revolution and Beer. And find all of the great beers we review each week at Louis Glunz Beer Inc., http://www.glunzbeers.com


WORLD OF CLASS WARFARE! Democracy Burlesque’s riotous season opener, Tuesday Feb. 26th, 5400 North Clark Street in Chicago

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No partisanship here. Okay, maybe a little. Democracy Burlesque is taking aim at the
inane prattling of the Right, Left and Utterly insane in a world riotous evening of sketch
comedy about the endless battle between the Haves and Have-nots!

Join Democracy Burlesque, Chicago’s only political sketch comedy company for

WORLD OF CLASS WARFARE! Sketch Comedy for Every Tax Bracket
WHAT: Democracy Burlesque’s WORLD OF CLASS WARFARE!
WHEN: Tuesdays Feb 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
WHERE: Mary’s Attic (Above Hamburger Mary’s) 5400 N Clark St.

Come join in the fun as Democracy Burlesque braves the front lines of the financial
fracas to satirize it all in our first show of the 2013 season,

WORLD OF CLASS WARFARE: SKETCH COMEDY FOR EVERY TAX BRACKET!
DB has produced world-premiere political satire since 2006. With contributors and
performers from across Chicagoland, we produce comedy & variety shows that take on
the issues; education, health care, food, elections and more! Democracy Burlesque’s
mission remains to create riotous comedy while raising awareness, supplies and money
for a variety of Causes Célèbre: worthy nonprofit grassroots organizations. So far, we
have helped more than 50 groups raise much-needed cash and awareness, and
continue to do so during our 8th season.
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Join the ACTORS OF EVIL — along with an array of special comedy and musical guests (including Crook County, Rachel’s Surrender, Throop McClerg and More!) — as we examine all sides of the Class War. Help out a new charitable cause every week. You
can even contribute to the controversy with a witty line or two yourself! Rise up with
laughter and join us at the barricades of Mary’s Attic.

$15 General Admission
$12 Students
$2 off Gen Admission when you Check-in on Facebook or Twitter @Demoburlesque

For more information about Democracy Burlesque please go to
http://www.democracyburlesque.com or email us at info@democracyburlesque.com.

Find us on Facebook and follow our Twitter feed (@Demoburlesque).

Including a sketch by WC Turck. Catch 900poundgorilla’s WC Turck and Brian Murray each Sunday 8-9am only on Our Town with Mike Sanders, at Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT AM and FM, and streaming online. Friend us on Facebook at Revolution and Beer. And if you have a cause to champion, please let us know as we work to become the grassroots support network for Chicago Activists and community organizers.

Catch the beer of the week review with 900poundgorilla’s WC Turck and Brian Murray each Sunday 8-9am only on Our Town, at Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT AM and FM, and streaming online. Friend us on Facebook at Revolution and Beer. And find all of the great beers we review each week at Louis Glunz Beer Inc., http://www.glunzbeers.com


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