Hillary’s name may have slid off the Democratic ticket, but there’s another Clinton to watch out for in the next six weeks: Kate.
Thanks to 2008’s ever-shifting political landscape, comedian Kate Clinton certainly isn’t short of material. Her new show, aptly named “Hilarity Clinton ’08” unravels at the Rrazz Room for three nights beginning today.
In the act, the popular comic — no relation to Hillary — takes on Bush, Obama, McCain, Palin, opponents of same-sex marriage and a gaggle of other issues.
It’s humorous material, sure, but Clinton notes that the theme of her new tour is rooted in something much more serious.
“As a nation, we are in a sophisticated post-traumatic stress syndrome disorder,” she says. “We’re sleepless, depressed. It’s time to look forward, time to look at what’s next, and that’s really what the new show is all about.”
Clinton knows how to keep her fingers perfectly placed on the pulse of national politics. The “out and proud” lesbian has been performing for more than 25 years. She’s tackled everything from stolen elections and sexual hypocrisy to misogyny and LGBT issues.
Last year’s Climate Change tour also generated buzz, spawning a series of DVD and CD releases, all with a political bent.
“For the last seven years, I was the designated ‘Bush watcher’ because my friends were unwilling and unable to watch [him],” she says.
“Everyone was happy to know that I re-upped for one more year of Bush watching, but sometimes I don’t trust he’ll even leave!” she says “He could invade Iran, call for an emergency and go into a third term. Please!”
Noting that humor is something that helps people deal with the nation’s messy political smorgasbord, Clinton says the presidential debates earlier in the year inspired some of the material in her current show.
“I really think all the debates have been great, though,” she says, “because it’s given people all sorts of things to talk about. I’ve been to dinner parties and it’s been fabulous — people are actually talking.”
Still, as the clock ticks down toward Election Day, Clinton is clear about one thing: “It’s the job of the comic to point things out that both the Republicans and Democrats don’t want to talk about and really, how the gay community is part of that change, and how we can be part of the change in politics that is coming.”
If You Go
Where: Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 220 Mason St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. today through Saturday
Contact: (866) 468-3399; www.therrazzroom.com