Laughing Liberally is no small thing. Its packed night at Town Hall is leading to encore events and a national tour from this spring through the midterms and beyond. Comics are delighted by the chance to perform political material often unwelcome at comedy clubs and audiences are excited by shows that elevate while they entertain.
But it started as a small thing. When The Tank found itself with an empty Friday the night before the 2020 Democrats brought the Principles Project conference to town, we hit upon a simple idea: if liberals liked gathering in social settings like bars, as Drinking Liberally demonstrated, maybe they would like meeting in a comedy venue as well.
And they did. People who had lurked on the Drinking Liberally list, but didn't like the crowded bar environment, turned up for the first Laughing Liberally.
That was 52 weeks ago tonight.
Come celebrate the Laughing Liberally Anniversary, with performances by established and emerging comics, at the venue where the project began: The Tank -- at its new location -- 279 Church St. The show is at 8pm. And it's timeless.