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Monday, April 21, 2008

Free tix to tonight's 'The Art of Political Satire'!

It sounds like a comedic match made in Nerd Heaven: The Economist political cartoonist Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher combining forces with Second City, the most enduring American improv comedy troupe. At a time when politics is particularly rich for satire, these two sharp-witted figures take the stage tonight at 7 p.m., at the Alliance Theatre for “The Art of Political Satire.”

This, from the press release:

[T]he show in Atlanta also features a panel discussion about the “art” of satire with Kal and the creative directors of the Second City. Hosted by local WABE’s John Lemley, this discussion will focus on the role that satire plays in society — and the ability of the satirist to help people view things from a different perspective. As an added bonus in Atlanta, Kal will be unveiling a new digital “puppet” of Barack Obama.

Kal says he throws himself into his cartoons, and it shows in his work. He knows that he “wears many hats,” as an artist, journalist and satirist, and his particular dedication to his craft reveals itself in works with many layers. There’s mood, there’s tone and there’s an openness to “interpret” his characters with certain caricature choices. You can see it in the sky-high eyebrows of a Leonid Brezhnev, or the defiantly extended philtrum under the nose of Robert Mugabe.

We here at PopSmart are happy to hype this evening’s event. If you’d like to attend, we have two free tickets to give away. Visit, and correctly answer the following trivia question by emailing me at

What is the name of The Economist's campaign-trail column?

A) "Trail Mix"

B) "Primary Colour"

C) "The Count of Delegate"

D) "Royal Courting"

E) "Body Politique"

Email your answer, and the first correct one will get on the guest list for tonight's performance.

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