Antidote To Political Drudgery – One Night Only!

The Economist is in the ATL. Tonight only. Word:

As the presidential campaign grinds on, The Economist is launching a new national event series called “The Art of Political Satire”.  The series officially launches in Atlanta (April 21):

The Art of Political Satire

Monday, April 21, 2008
Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

For this series, we are partnering with the renowned comedy theatre troupe The Second City to create a show that combines engaging political improv and hands-on cartooning featuring The Economist’s political cartoonist Kevin ‘Kal’ Kallaugher.  Positioned as the antidote to political drudgery, the show in Atlanta also features a panel discussion about the ‘art’ of satire with Kal and the creative directors of the Second City. 

Hosted by local WABE’s John Lemley, this discussion will focus on the role that satire plays in society- and the ability of the satirist to help people view things from a different perspective.  As an added bonus in Atlanta, Kal will be unveiling a new digital ‘puppet’ of Barack Obama.

A website for the events has been set up at http://artofsatire.economist.com. The site includes video examples of Second City skits, and includes video about Kal’s history at The Economist and a collection of Kal’s favorite cartoons over the years.  You can also find information about the live events there.