Laughter is the spark of the soul, which is why comedians can light up rooms during a blackout but cannot be left unattended at gas stations. Enjoy crackling wit with today’s GrouponLive deal to see C-O-N-S-C-I-O-U-S: The National Wake Up Tour, featuring Paul Mooney and Dick Gregory at the Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get one VIP package (a $90 value), which includes:
- Gold-section seating
- Dinner, plus bottomless champagne or cider
- No waiting in line<p>
- For $60, you get one Crown Jewel package (a $120 value), which includes:
- Seating in the front row or onstage
- Dinner, plus bottomless champagne
- No waiting in line<p>
For either option, choose from the following shows:
- Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m.
- Thursday, May 31, at 10 p.m.
- Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m.
- Friday. June 1, at 10 p.m.
- Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, June 2, at 10 p.m.
- Sunday, June 3, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, June 3, at 10 p.m.<p>
C-O-N-S-C-I-O-U-S: The National Wake Up Tour kicks off at the Black Repertory Group Theater as it combines the forces of two legends known equally for their comic skills and unflinching social commentary. Fabled writer, Grammy–nominated comedian, and actor Paul Mooney pulls no punches as he puts history and the upcoming presidential election in his sharpened, sardonic sights. Drawn from a career with beginnings as a groundbreaking African-American circus ringmaster and leading to years of notoriety as a comedy writer, Mooney’s words have filled the mouths of Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and the cast of In Living Color. He is best known to modern audiences for his blistering work on Chappelle’s Show, his standup act skewering tender subjects like an accident-prone luau master while drawing on a deep and heartfelt sense of history.
As a self-described “drum major for justice and equality,” Dick Gregory found himself at the forefront of the civil-rights movement in the 1960s, during which he participated in countless protests and even ran for president. His career has been a unique blend of political activism and controversial yet insightful anecdotes. Hugh Hefner admired these courageous observations and jump-started Gregory into mainstream territory by having him perform at the Chicago Playboy Club in 1961. More than 50 years later, Gregory continues to regale audiences with an act more entertaining and educational than a college professor wearing a bear suit.