Up Close & Political
By Toby Muresianu
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Stand-up comedy on hot-button issues followed by discussion with experts, the audience, and the internet. Monthly at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club. Plus our weekly show, "Oh great, what now?" - a live-streamed discussion with experts and comedians on big issues from the week.
||ExplicitElection Eve feat. Felicia Folkes, Julianne Simitz, Adam Yenser & Gar Culbert||The Midterm Elections are (or were) tomorrow. What's going to go down, what's right and wrong with American elections, and what is Prop 8, anyway?||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Midterms feat. Joe Carl Abousakher, Helen Hong, Michael Loftus, Michael Knowles, and Dan Flynn||Stand-up and discussion on the midterm elections and one Brett Kavanaugh.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTransportation feat. Virginia Jones, Brody Stevens, Joe Linton and Brian Taylor||Stand-up and discussion on transportation with comedians Virginia Jones & Brody Stevens, Streetsblog LA editor Joe Linton, and UCLA Transportation Lab head Brian Taylor||9/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerica feat. Sofiya Alexandra, Thom Tran, Sean Dempsey and Pedro Gonzalez||Who is America, really? What is our national identity, our values, and the American Dream? We discuss these things we were apparently all supposed to agree on with comedians Sofiya Alexandra and Thom Tran, history professor Sean Dempsey, and writer Pedro Gonzalez.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOh Great, What Now? Joel Silberman + Kittens||A discussion of civility, the border, kittens, and how Hollywood inspires politics with writer and political consultant Joel Silberman and host Toby Muresianu||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOh Great, What Now? Immigration feat. Johan Miranda and Brian Lonquich||Johan Miranda - a comedian and DACA recipient - and Brian Lonquich - a doctor who has treated families on the border - share their experiences, views (and even a few jokes!) with host Toby Muresianu.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOh Great, What Now? College Nowadays, the Media, and More feat. Nathan Mosher and Gabriel Rossman||UCLA Sociology professor Gabriel Rossman and comedian and new UCLA grad and comedian Nathan Mosher talk about college, the media, and more.||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCalifornia Primary feat. Ramsey Badawi, Corey Loykasek, Dan Flynn, Mariel Garza, and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas||Live standup and discussion on the eve of the California primary, discussing the race and challenges facing California.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOh Great, What Now? - National Anthems, Border Families, and Morgan Freeman Too||David Levitus of progressive grassroots organization LA Forward and libertarian Brian McWilliams of Lions of Liberty and the Electric Libertyland podcast discuss a variety of topical issues.||6/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOh Great, What Now? - Israel / Palestine feat. Sammy Obeid and Uri Aviv||Arab-American Comedian Sammy Obeid and Israeli-American Uri Aviv join host Toby to discuss the Israel/Palestine conflict - and hopefully make a few jokes - on our weekly podcast and live stream.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOh Great, What Now? - The Iran Deal with Sameer Suri and Elham Saeidinezhad||Iranian Economist Elham Saeidinezhad, conservative comedian and writer Sameer Suri, and hosts Toby Muresianu and Laura Crawford discuss the Iran Deal - and a few more frivolous things.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSocial Media (our first live show!)||Comics big on social media meet professors teaching it and journalists covering it in our debut show!||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
There's a lot of comedy (and political comedy) out there but this show stands out. Hilarious, incisive, thoughtful. Never thought I'd be riveted by a discussion on transportation but this show proved me wrong! Highly recommend.
A Worthy Show
Both funny and informative. Each show has an unpredictable, yet always interesting, combination of experts and comedians.