When the news is a joke

Tane Danger and Brandon Boat, a couple of Twin Cities millennials, are getting some love on the Forbes website today for their Theater of Public Policy, which features a mix of wonky discussion with comedy via improv.

“Politics is one those topics that’s forbidden from being discussed at work and the dinner table, so naturally it needs a little sweetening if you want to get a disagreeable crowd together to swallow it. In its most extreme form, politics is something people get killed over, whereas nobody has ever died over laughter. To pair them together is disarming in a way, because people can’t keep up their usual defenses or partisanship,” Boat said.

It ends up looking like this:

Tomorrow night, T2P2 is tackling the Minneapolis mayor race, opening its fifth season.

Next week, the topic is online journalism, comments, and trolling, featuring me and Aaron Rupar of City Pages.

  • MrE85

    You and Aaron, together again? MPR is a lot like City Pages, except no sex ads in the back.

    • Nothing could be further from the truth.

      • MrE85

        I need an irony font when I write things like that. Of course, I was joking. You are a bit of an online journalism Odd Couple.
        You do have one thing in common — I comment on both sites — and help generate a story idea every now and then.

    • TJ Swift

      I don’t think City Pages gets any government subsidies.

      • True. But City Pages isn’t restricted by the government from raising money and regulated in what it can say as public broadcasters to do so. It was a quid pro quo, a simple fact that most people seem to forget when the subject comes up.

        It would be interesting sometime if this tortured debate finally includes ALL of it, instead of just one part of it.

        • MrE85

          MPR is welcome to my tax dollars, and the few coins I drop in your cup during membership drives. I’m happy with the results, generally speaking.