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The Comedian’s Last Laugh

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When I started doing comedy a few years back, I quickly realized an unexpected truth: sometimes there is no more depressing place in the world than a comedy club. Comics will do anything and everything on stage to make the audience laugh, but off stage, they (we?) are the ones…

Gaza is a Shtetl

Israeli strikes in Gaza destroy office of Hamas premier.

                  Gaza is a shtetl. The Israeli army are cossacks. Palestinians are my brothers. Gaza is a ghetto. The Israeli army are LAPD. Palestinians are my sisters. Gaza is an open-air prison. The Israeli army is the warden. Palestinians are my family….

The Greenest Man in America!

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Going green is about more than buying all the gluten-free quinoa you can fit in your Prius. It’s about community organizing against corporate polluters and challenging environmental racism — and then enjoying your quinoa. That’s the message from my good friend, the “Greenest Man in America.” You haven’t met him…

Yuri Kochiyama and Amiri Baraka play 2-on-2 in Heaven

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I had this crazy dream last night. Yuri Kochiyama and Amiri Baraka were up in heaven…playing Ronald Reagan and Strom Thurmond in a game of 2-on-2 basketball. The stakes? Dismantling the segregated institutions of heaven. Why all the clouds gotta be white? Baraka asks. Why all the white angels get…

NEW VIDEO: Healey shows ‘His Feminine Side’ on NPR

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Remember the hit play The Vagina Monologues? If you ever saw the show in all its feminist glory — with Eve Ensler’s brilliant combination of audacity, insights, and triple orgasms — you more than likely first saw it in college. And you’re probably a woman. That was not the case…