press release: What A Joke, A National Comedy Festival Benefiting the ACLU, Comes to the Majestic Theatre
On inauguration weekend, comedians across the country will take the stage for the What A Joke Comedy Festival. This unique, nationwide festival is taking place simultaneously in 28 US cities (plus Oxford, England) from January 19th through the 21st. Proceeds from the shows will go to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. Because the ACLU is going to have a lot of work to do over the next four years.
Of course, you can’t throw a nationwide protest and not have Madison involved. What A Joke - Madison will take place on Friday, January 20, at the Majestic Theatre. Headlining the Madison show is Nate Craig, who has appeared on Last Comic Standing, Funny or Die, Comedy Central, and MTV’s Ridiculousness. While Craig lives in Los Angeles, Madison is his hometown, he is a graduate of Madison West High and UW-Madison.
“I'm so proud to be from Madison and love performing there. Helping to raise money for the ACLU is truly an honor, and when so many people just voted for a racist clown, more important than ever,” says Craig.
Nate Craig will be joined by Reena Calm, one of the fastest rising comedians out of Chicago who is regularly touring across the country. In addition, we’ll also see performances by three local comic talents - Esteban Touma, Cynthia Marie and Anthony Siraguse.
Not only does the headliner have Madison roots, so does one of the national festival producers. Festival co-creator Emily Winter is a New York-based writer but she’s still a Badger at heart. During her time at UW-Madison, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Daily Cardinal.
“It means so much to me that Madison, in particular, is involved in this festival. Madison is where I began writing jokes (poorly) and learned about effecting change. Madison is my favorite city because of its rich, deep culture of art and activism,” says Winter.
Ticket sales begin on Friday, December 16. Advance tickets are $16.00, as in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where every president from John Adams to Barack Obama has lived. Though that’s only because those suckers weren’t wealthy enough to afford an eponymous tower in NYC. Day of show tickets are $18.00, as in 1800, the year of another contentious election. However, in 1800, the person who won the popular vote ended up taking office, he also happened to be the writer of the Declaration of Independence, not a reality tv star.
The local producers for What a Joke - Madison are Anthony Siraguse and Alan Talaga. What a Joke is not an affiliated entity with the ACLU. We are an independent entity donating proceeds.
What a Joke
WHAT A JOKE - MADISON
When: Friday, January 20th. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Show starts at 7:00 PM.
Where: Majestic Theatre - 115 King St
Tickets: $16 adv / $18 dos. Tickets go on sale 12/16 at http://majesticmadison.com/