Political Satire: Does It Matter?

  • April 7, 2013
  • 7:00 pm
  • Isabel Bader Theatre

From Juvenal on through The Daily Show, political satirists have lampooned the powerful not just for laughs, but in the hopes of making a difference. As an agent of social change, how effective is political satire in the twenty-first century?

Join Andy Bichlbaum of cultural jammers the Yes Men, Todd Hanson (writer and editor at The Onion), Canadian comedy legend Robin Duke and award-winning author Terry Fallis in a lively public discussion of political satire’s nuances, practitioners and social clout.

  • General admission: $25
  • Students (with valid ID): $20



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