Lizz Winstead, the subject of my newest interview for Pop Geeks, has been active as both a performer and an activist since the 1980s. Starting out as a stand-up comedienne with appearances on many popular comedy programs of the 80s and 90s, she would later go on to co-create the seminal Comedy Central program The Daily Show. From there, her performing and her activism grew in tandem. She’s well-known for helping create the pro-choice organization Abortion Access Force, previously known as the Lady Parts Justice League, and she recently released a socially distanced comedy special, Corona Borealis, on Vimeo.
The first era of Saturday Night Live that I was exposed to in reruns was the era when Lorne Michaels was not producing the show. That period from 1980 to 1985 really made an impression on me, and one of the cast members from that era who impacted me is my newest interview subject, Gary Kroeger. Gary Kroeger is not just an actor, though. He’s also a committed political activist whose interest in helping people goes all the way back to his show business days. We talked earlier this month about Saturday Night Live, politics and more, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know this great talent.
Are you amazed at how things went in yesterday’s U.S. midterm election? Can you not believe your fellow citizens would vote that way (whichever way it is you disagree with)? Don’t blame them. A timely new study suggest they’re probably just wired that way.
President Obama released a Presidential Policy Directive that will waive the ability granted to the federal government by the National Defensive Authoritative Act (NDAA) to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial or change based solely on “secret evidence”.(more…)