Allison Kilkenny: Unreported

Citizen Radio with guest Paul Provenza, author of ‘Satiristas’

Posted in comedy by allisonkilkenny on May 26, 2010

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Citizen Radio airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on BTR. Subscribe to the show for free on iTunes.

Citizen Radio spends the entire hour with comic, author, and star of the new Showtime series “The Green Room,” Paul Provenza! Follow Paul on Facebook and Twitter.

Paul is the director of the film The Aristocrats in addition to being a comic and author of Satiristas, which features beautiful portraits by photograph Dan Dion, the last interview with George Carlin, an interview with Citizen Radio’s own Jamie Kilstein, and also interviews with Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Lewis Black, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams, Richard Lewis, Roseanne Barr, the Smothers Brothers, Tom Lehrer, Lily Tomlin, in addition to the creators, writers, and producers of The Daily Show, South Park, Mr. Show, This Is Spinal Tap, Wonder Showzen, Kids in the Hall, Freaks and Geeks,

Superbad, The Simpsons, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Saturday Night Live, and more!

As always, you should support your local bookstore, but in case they don’t carry Satiristas, pick up a copy at Amazon.

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Atheism, New Orleans, and Hip Hop

Posted in atheism, BTR, Citizen Radio, comedy, politics, religion by allisonkilkenny on March 25, 2009

crlogo300x300This week on Citizen Radio

Allison and Jamie discuss Atheism, Desmond Tutu, and play the second half of their interview with Princeton professor and author, Melissa Harris-Lacewell.

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There are Atheism groups popping up all over the country, but they have yet to rival the church with social welfare projects. Jamie proposes a solution for this.

In part two of her interview, Melissa Harris-Lacewell discusses New Orleans, James Perry, America being post-racial (it’s not,) hip-hop and the notion of “Ride or Die,” and what makes her happy.

Citizen Radio airs every Wednesday (and replays throughout the week) over on BTR.

Drunken Politics Talks With Irish Comic/Lawyer, Keith Farnan, About the Death Penalty

Posted in comedy, human rights, politics by allisonkilkenny on February 11, 2009

Listen here: http://www.breakthruradio.com/index.php?show=6091.

Keith Farnan

Keith Farnan

Feel free to repost & tell your friends about the hilarity and all the KNOWLEDGE they’re about to get dropped on their heads.

Drunken Politics is on BTR (Breakthru Radio) every Wednesday.

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Posted in comedy, politics by allisonkilkenny on January 22, 2009
Every Wednesday on BTR

Every Wednesday on BTR

Drunken Politics has a new fan page on Facebook.

Drunken Politics is a political-comedy radio show hosted by Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein. It’s basically CNN, but with way more swearing. We solemnly swear to bring you the real news (the unreported, underreported, and most essential stories) without mentioning any celebrities. 

Lots of critics have said very nice things about our show, which we know you’ll love if you just give it a listen! If you’re already a fan, spread the word about us, and send your apathetic, hipster douchebag friends our way!

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Sarah, Thy Name Is Parody

Posted in comedy by allisonkilkenny on September 19, 2008

Along with pestilence and a third world war, many consider Sarah Palin to be another sign of the impending apocalypse. Meanwhile, pundits and strategists can’t stop masturbating over the idea of Karl Rove building Palin from scratch out of spare body parts and the souls of evil orphans like some kind of Fem Frankenstein.

Others, namely comics, see her as a punchline and think she has arrived ripe for parody.

Sara Benincasa is one of the most celebrated Sarah Palin impersonators. Her first Palin parody video has been viewed over 200,000 times on Youtube. Benincasa is a New York-based comedian and writer, and while Tina Fey and Gina Gershon may be household names, Benincasa’s videos have been the biggest hit on the internet.

Recently, she sat down for an interview with me and we discussed all things Sarah Palin.

Why did you choose to imitate Mrs. Palin?

Sara Benincasa: My comedy partner Diana Saez and I were hanging around one night after a satisfying evening of Ethiopian food. We started wandering around the Internet to read about the new presumptive Republican VP nominee, Sarah Palin, who had just been announced as McCain’s pick the previous day. What we read was so disturbing, so ridiculous, and ultimately so hilarious that we decided to work out our collective reaction to this nightmarish woman by slapping some makeup on me and turning on the camera. We just let the camera roll for an hour and a half and improvised the whole thing.

Do you think the prospect of Mrs. Palin as VP is more frightening or hilarious?
Sara Benincasa: Frightening. The hilarity is merely a coping mechanism.


Do you think parody and comedy are necessary because they’re coping mechanisms?

Sara Benincasa: Sure, and they’re also another form of citizen response and resistance.
I think they’re as valid a form of resistance as protest, letter-writing campaigns, and other symbolic moves.

Since the videos went viral, Benincasa has been interviewed for online articles by ABCNews.com, Newsweek.com, and Wired.com. At one point, the video made the front page of CNN.com and Wolf Blitzer played a clip on “Situation Room:”


Is there a deep, dark, twisted part of you that thinks you and Sarah would really get along?

Sara Benincasa: Oh, God, no. She’s like the evil popular girl in your high school, the one who secretly cut herself under the desk while reigning supreme over the Student Council meetings. She’ll never realize that there’s something wrong with her and she’ll never get help because her narrow point of view suits her just fine. Plus,she’s pretty, so why worry?

And tell us how you feel about this whole “experience” issue, Sara(h)…

All of the Palin videos are available at http://www.youtube.com/user/SaraBenincasa.

Benincasa can be contacted at: sarabenincasa.wordpress.com and sarabenincasa.com

Diana Saez: dianasaez.com


They Don’t Give A Fuck About You

Posted in comedy, corporations, media, politics by allisonkilkenny on June 27, 2008


This particular material of George’s may have made me laugh less than some of his other work and yet I think I love it the most.

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George Carlin: Comic, Artist, Fearless, Old Bastard

Posted in censorship, comedy by allisonkilkenny on June 23, 2008

George Carlin: May 12, 1937-June 22, 2008

Carlin was arrested because of his “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.” He was charged with violating “obscenity laws.”

In 1973, a man complained to the FCC that his son had heard a later, similar routine, “Filthy Words”, from Occupation: Foole, broadcast one afternoon over WBAI, a Pacifica Foundation FM radio station in New York City. Pacifica received a citation from the FCC, which sought to fine Pacifica for allegedly violating FCC regulations which prohibited broadcasting “obscene” material. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC action, by a vote of 5 to 4, ruling that the routine was “indecent but not obscene”, and the FCC had authority to prohibit such broadcasts during hours when children were likely to be among the audience.

Carlin was the first-ever host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, debuting on October 11, 1975.

Carlin: By Jamie Kilstein

“I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.” -G.C.

Watching standup on TV today you would think the quote was “I think the duty of the comedian is to find the line, then run from that line as fast as humanly possible, hide behind a nearby tree, then write that family comedy spec-script you’ve been kicking around for years.”

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When Carlin and Bruce were playing dives, standup was still counter-culture. You could get arrested for speaking. They got arrested for speaking. George used to be a wacky-faced suit-and-tie observational standup until the day he saw Lenny Bruce — until he saw what standup could truly be: the art of pushing peoples’ buttons. I know a lot of people felt the same way when they saw Carlin for the first time. That “oh shit” moment when you realize you’re a fraud and everything you’re doing is dogshit. Many comics ran home to their notebooks after hearing Carlin talk about drugs, censorship, or religion. Most, after that long night of soul-searching, got on stage two days later and talked about their girlfriends’ periods, completely selling out last night’s soul, instead opting for the easy road to Nowhere. How many comics still talk about what people already know, and what no one is afraid of because they figure there will always be guys like George? Well, now there aren’t.

Anytime a club owner, a member of the audience, a parent, an agent, a college agent, a manager, or a TV executive tells you “You can’t say that,” say “Fuck you. I just did. That means you’re wrong.” Then, think of George: hippy in handcuffs being dragged out of a club after knowingly breaking the law by saying what he wanted to say, smiling big, and thinking about how he would work this into the act.

I only met him once. I was with my best friends at the time and we thanked him for paving the way for edgy comics. He looked at us, and referring to the many people that would tell us what we could and could not say, he said: “Eh! Put a finger in their eye!” Perfect.

The good news is this: the comics he did influence will take this art form even further, and find more lines to cross. There may only be a few, but there was only one Carlin and look what that motherfucker did. George Carlin died today. He got high and wrote jokes ’til his last breath. Perfect.