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Lady Parts Justice
League (LPJL), the comedy-driven reproductive rights organization announces their summer tour bringing their unique combination of comedy, activism, and on-the-ground support to abortion providers and audiences across the nation. After a wildly successful debut last summer, the 2018 Vagical Mystery Tour (VMT) returns with an even more ambitious national tour that promises not only to make audiences laugh and dance, but the VMT performers will work with fans to get them to become activists in their own communities.
Hosted by Lizz Winstead, LPJL Founder and the Co-Creator of The Daily Show, the Vagical Mystery Tour will travel to eight cities over the course of eight weeks beginning June 12. Lizz Winstead and her LPJL team will be joined on the road by various special guests including Michelle Buteau (Late Night, Whenever! at WNYC), Gina Yashere (Netflix,The Daily Show), Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Smartest Man in the World Podcast), Maysoon Zayid, (TED Talks, Disability Advocate), Negin Farsad (Fake The Nation Podcast, The Muslims Are Coming documentary), Jackie Kashian (2 Dope Queens), Joyelle Johnson (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Jaye McBride (Great American Comedy Festival), Beth Stelling (Netflix "The Standups"), Jenny Yang (Dis/orient/ed Comedy, "Ask An Asian"), Hadiya Robinson (Comedy Central and host of Black
Ass Podcast), Helen Hong, (Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, Host "Go Fact Yourself), Dina Nina Martinez (Founder, Lady Laughs Comedy Festival) Jill Sobule, Tina Schlieske (Tina and The B Sides), Chastity Brown (Red House Records Artist) Lori Barbero (Babes In Toyland), Janey Winterbauer (The Suburbs, Wits, Sevateem) Laurie Lindeen (Zu Zu's Petals), Danielle
Cusack and Emily Schoonover (Bruise Violet) and Tricky
Miki (Snatch Baby Jesus / Afterglow.)
Each show will not only present some of the most hilarious and sought after comedians in the business, but will include an informal post-show talkback with abortion providers and activists, who will inform the audience about what is at stake for abortion rights in their state, and offer tangible ways the audiences can roll up their sleeves to fight back.
The Vagical Mystery Tour announces a special night of comedy and music at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, featuring an extravaganza of sexist songs performed by some of your favorite national and local musicians! The power line-up of tell like it is women and non binary musicians include Jill Sobule, Tina Schlieske (Tina and The B Sides), Chastity Brown (Red House Records), Lori Barbero (Babes In Toyland), Janey Winterbauer (The Suburbs, Wits, Sevateem), Laurie Lindeen (Zu Zu's Petals), Danielle
Cusack and Emily Schoonover (Bruise Violet). What better way to remind folks all the ways popular songs have so horribly demeaned women than by listening to badass performers belt them out, dripping with the irony they so richly deserve!
"Now more than ever, RELENTLESS humor is needed to raise awareness about this assault on abortion access and to raise the spirits of the amazing providers who show up everyday, making lives better for us all," states Winstead.
But The Vagical Mystery Tour is not just performances.
At each stop, Winstead and the other VMT performers will extend their activism by doing direct action work with local clinics; everything from escorting patients or bringing the staff a hot meal to lawn care and sometimes even remodeling. And because the 2018 VMT takes place during an election year, they will also partner with local non-partisan grassroots organizers like NARAL OH in Columbus; Women Organizing Women in Minneapolis; WV FREE in Charleston; and Planned PARENTHOOD Action in Allentown to help get out the vote.
These comics are doing it all to help make change this fall!
THE VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
6/12 - Bethlehem, PA - SteelStacks feat. Maysoon Zayid, Joyelle Johnson, Jaye McBride and Lizz Winstead
6/20 - Charleston, WV - The Bakery feat. Greg Proops, Negin Farsad, Joyelle Johnson and Lizz Winstead
6/24 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups feat. Beth Stelling, Joyelle Johnson, Dina Nina Martinez and Lizz Winstead
6/28 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In feat. Nicole
Atkins, Mike Doughty, Maysoon Zayid and Lizz Winstead
7/12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Bag feat. Hadiya Robinson, Dina Nina Martinez, Mehran Khagani and Lizz Winstead
7/17 - Southbend, IN - Vegetable Buddies feat. Helen Hong, Jenny Yang, Jaye McBride and Lizz Winstead
7/26 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar Cultural Center feat Jill Sobule, Tina Schlieske, Chastity Brown, Lori Barbero, Janey Winterbauer, Laurie Lindeen, Danielle
Cusack, Emily Schoonover, Tricky
Miki, Jenn Schaal and Lizz Winstead
8/2 - Milwaukee, WI - The Milwaukee Comedy Festival feat. Michelle Buteau, Gina Yashere, Jackie Kashian and Lizz Winstead
+ more TBA