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Washington Dysfunction, Snowden, DOMA and Paula Deen

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Host Andy Borowitz challenges comedians Lee Camp, Negin Farsad, Todd Barry and Dean Obeidallah to dissect everything that’s on America’s mind (and front pages), from Texas State Senator Wendy Davis to NSA fugitive Edward Snowden and chef Paula Deen.

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Andy Borowitz is a writer and comedian actor whose work appears in The New Yorker and on The Borowitz Report on He is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club's humor award and a two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He has been the principal host of the Moth storytelling group since 1999.  He is the author of many books including his latest, The 50 Funniest American Writers, published in October 2011 by Library of America. He has been called a "Swiftian satirist" (The Wall Street Journal), "America's satire king" (The Daily Beast), and "one of the funniest people in America" (CBS News Sunday Morning).

Negin Farsad was born in the United States, growing up in the desert of Southern California. She first obtained a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and Government from Cornell University. Negin was recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post. She was also named a 2013 TED Fellow where she’s slated to give a talk about her work in social justice comedy. Negin co-directed, along with Dean Obeidallah, the upcoming comedy documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” featuring a tour of American-Muslim comedians performing free comedy shows across the heartland of America in the hopes of using comedy to foster understanding and dispel misconceptions about Muslims. The film can be in theaters in select cities and available online this September. Negin wrote for and developed the MTV series, Detox , the PBS animated series 1001 Nights. and the Nickelodeon series Class ParentsNerdcore Rising, a ragingly hilarious comedy about nerdcore hip-hop, for which she was director, producer, writer, PA, and golf caddie. As a standup comedian she has opened for the likes of Al Franken and Bobby Lee (Mad TV) in venues ranging from the Laugh Factory in New York, the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and Town Hall on Broadway. Negin has provided original comedy content for PBS, Pacifica and Sirius Radio stations.

Todd Barry was born in New York City. He moved to South Florida as a cute little boy, then moved to Manhattan as a macho little man. He received a BA in English from the University of Florida. He has many television appearances such as:  Late Night with David Letterman.and  Late Night with Cohan O'Brian. The list of animated shows he has contributed to are, The Daughter of the Devil, Freak Show, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Space Ghost, Coast-To-Coast, and much more . He also won 2003 Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Male Standup Comedian.

Lee Camp is a Comedian, Activist, Writer and Creator of the Moment of Clarity video series. Lee is perhaps best known for two things: his early support of the Occupy movement (he performed at over a dozen protests in the U.S. and Canada and was at OWS on day one) and his appearance on Fox News where he went off script during a live broadcast by calling the network "a parade of propaganda" and "a festival of ignorance." Shockingly, he has not been invited back. His edgy style has been compared to Bill Hicks and George Carlin by the Guardian and Time Out (as well as George's daughter Kelly). He is an in-demand commentator and satirist who tours the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Born in the Great State of New Jersey, Dean Obeidallah's comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean, an award winning comedian who was at one time a practicing attorney, has appeared on “The Axis of Evil” Comedy TV special which aired in the US on Comedy Central and in the Middle East on Showtime Arabia. He is the co-creator of Comedy’s critically acclaimed Internet series “The Watch List” featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians performing stand up and sketch comedy. Dean co-directed, along with Negin Farsad, the upcoming comedy documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” featuring a tour of American-Muslim comedians performing free comedy shows across the heartland of America in the hopes of using comedy to foster understanding and dispel misconceptions about Muslims. The film can be in theaters in select cities and available online this September.
Dean has appeared twice on ABC’s “The View,” on the nationally syndicated TV series “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and was one of five comedians profiled in the recent one hour TV Special entitled: “Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age” which aired in the US on PBS and internationally on BBC World and Al Jazeera.



Todd Barry, Lee Camp, Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah

Hosted by:

Andy Borowitz

Comments [21]

really disappointing a show like this would be very welcome, if it were better -- more interesting host, funnier guests. this was slack, slow-moving (I kept looking to see what time it was and being constantly surprised that so little time had passed), not really terribly imaginative. I hope it wasn't actually broadcast on bbc -- that would be tremendously embarrassing (compare it with the weekly friday night bbc news quiz). please go back to the workshop and tinker and make something better.

Nov. 27 2013 08:17 PM
cheryl g from east village

Loved the show. Hope wnyc puts it on regularly

Nov. 26 2013 03:43 PM
James C.

As constructive criticism, I would say, write more jokes ahead of time, prepare more back-and-forth quips, and record three hours of show, then very tightly edit it down. Mock The Week records three hours for just 30 minutes of show. Also, instruct the comedians to talk like they're trying to energize the audience, and warm up the audience with instructions to laugh like lobotomized idiots.

Jul. 08 2013 06:29 PM
Walter Burton from Petersburg, VA 23805

Could've been a little tighter, the zingers a little more original, but this premier episode is extremely listenable. The definitely has the potential to find a place squarely in the ranks of Friday Night Comedy, TNS, WWDTM, etc. I laughed more than once.

As for the accusations of political bias, my response is: So? It's entertainment. It's a comedy show. Take a chill pill.

You might actually enjoy some of the apolitical cleverness if you can stand to take off your partisan armor and just hang by the fire for a while. It's OK to listen, even if you don't agree with all of it. You won't catch on fire.


Jul. 07 2013 09:16 PM

I really want to enjoy this - but sadly, it's boring and I'll look elsewhere for intelligent comedic satire.

Ha! Ha! This goes well with ask Dr. Emily! Ha ha! Ho Ho! Hee hee!

South Park for Public Radio?

Ha ha! Hee hee!

Jul. 05 2013 11:39 PM
thegrtoz from Seattle

Funny stuff

Jul. 05 2013 10:06 PM
Gillian Cameron from La Crescenta, CA

I love the Brit original and enjoyed this immensely. I notice a couple of folks here bemoaning the fact that the Right wasn't represented. There is an inherent problem in this. The Right isn't funny. Oh.. they are funny as a source of ridicule, but generally, taking a Right Wing stance precludes one from being funny. I fully admit that what I just wrote was horribly unfair but... Anyway, I would like to see this become a regular feature on NPR. Wait Wait Don't Tell Me should not be the only source of intelligent political humor on American radio.

Jul. 05 2013 07:43 PM
Saima from New York City

Really funny, enjoyed every minute!

Jul. 05 2013 06:02 PM
Brian Poore from Goodyear, AZ

Sorry, but the UK version is an order of magnitude superior.

Jul. 05 2013 04:56 PM

Haven't had time to listen to the show - but I gather that right leaning listeners were not amused. Well then, how about some conservative comedians put together a show. I'd be interested in listening to "funny" from their point of view too.

Jul. 04 2013 11:57 AM
Hit Me Baby One More Time from nyc

this is one of the funniest things I heard on the radio in recent memory...i commended it to a co-worker who then went to listen on his headphones at work - I could either hear him LOA (laugh out audibly) or giggle, from his seat.
Thank you for this amusing hour - do it again soon, or as the song goes, Hit me Baby!

Jul. 04 2013 11:02 AM

Terrible program. Disguised as a news quiz, it is a relentless and heavy-handed onslaught on conservative America, full of facile jokes that prey on and reinforce stereotypes. While any given section of the program is funny by itself, the overall effect is mind-numbing. It is so far beneath what I expect of WNYC and the BBC that I was actually shocked to learn that it is your co-production and that two great organizations have stooped to this level of caricature. The message that I take from this is that WNYC and the BBC have abandoned balance and openness in favor of becoming front-line warriors in the basest part of the culture wars.

Jul. 04 2013 05:32 AM

Caught the show while running a short errand am now guilty of letting the car idle so I wouldn't miss a beat.

Jul. 03 2013 10:13 PM
Linda R Garfinkel from North Jersey

This was the funniest hour of radio I have heard since George W. Bush exited the White House. More more more!!!!!

Jul. 03 2013 09:00 PM
Christopher Umbs from West Parterson NJ

Sorry - trying to listen to it now and I'm going to kill it. Too leaden and heavy handed to the left. With 3 panelists, at least one should have been center-right. This is just boring and unfunny.

Jul. 03 2013 08:32 PM
Mary from Nebraska

Great show. When will a new episode be released?

Jul. 03 2013 05:09 PM
America from nyc

Fun and funny stuff...Good panel makeup.

Jul. 03 2013 04:35 PM

Great show, Andy!

Jul. 03 2013 01:11 PM
Brit in LA from LA

Great show, Rupert Murdoch is Australian however.

Jul. 03 2013 12:37 PM
david from PA

I was there and this was incredibly funny. Unfortunately, the player seems to not work in Safari 6.x, but does in Firefox.

Jul. 03 2013 12:04 PM
Jonathan Lance

Get this show on Stitcher!

Jul. 03 2013 11:47 AM

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