At a time when reproductive rights are under siege and shell-shocked Americans would rather Netflix and chill, Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show) and her Lady Parts Justice League are embarking on a 16-city tour of comedy shows combined with actions supporting local abortion providers. From clinic defense to murals to neighborhood cleanups, the Vagical Mystery Tour will aid community defenders of reproduction rights while putting on shows aimed at laughs and inspiration.
The tour kicks off in Atlanta, GA, on June 2nd at Terminal West, and will continue through Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and other states through July. Explains Winstead, “We decided to do a 16-city, 8-week comedy and music tour to attract national and local press to maximize awareness about the erosion of access to abortion in states that are the hardest hit.”
The revolving comedy bill will include Aparna Nancherla (Conan), Gina Yashere (The Daily Show), Greg Proops (The Smartest Man in the World Podcast), Helen Hong (Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me), Alonzo Bodden (winner of Last Comic Standing) Joyelle Johnson (Wyatt Cenac), Dina Nina Martinez (one of “40 Hot Queer Women In Comedy” by AfterEllen), Aida Rodriguez (Showtime’s Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam), Negin Farsad, and comic/activist Maysoon Zayid. Partnering organizations include Ultraviolet, Advocates for Youth, Abortion Care Network, National Abortion Federation, ACLU, and Rock the Vote.
Using entertainment as an energy for activism has long been a passion for Winstead, and this ambitious tour offers an evening of engagement and empowerment for the audience, offering a talkback with local abortion providers and reproductive rights activists following the show.
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