Let someone else make the debate jokes for you

“Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates’ debate
Laugh about it, shout about it when you’ve got to choose
Every way you look at it you lose.” –Paul Simon

Might as well laugh about it, right?

But rather than having to provide your own snarky comments during the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates, now you can have a professional do it for you.

Stand-up comedians Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Samson Koletkar are producing a series of events coinciding with the four debates at The Washington Inn, at 495 10th St. in Oakland, at which audiences watch the debates with comics who afterward dish up their best political material.

Four different headliners will be accompanied by “a cast of comics including a lesbian Latina, a black lesbian single mother, a single father of three daughters, a transsexual, a Mormon, a non-U.S. citizen and, just to balance things out, a fistful of straight white men,” the producers say:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Maureen Langan. Also appearing: Marga Gomez, Sean Keane, Trevor Hill
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 – Aundre the Wonderwoman. Also appearing: Kellen Erskine, Matt Gubser
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Dan St. Paul. Also appearing: Michael O’Brien, Karinda Dobbins
  • Monday, Oct 22 – Will Durst. Also appearing, Johnny Steele, Natasha Muse.
  • All shows are from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for each show cost $10 and are available online.

    Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.