Jesters were usually the wisest members of royal courts, due to the extra brains stored in their three-pronged hats. See a modern jokester share some of his brains with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Pardon the Pundit presented by the Shakespeare Theatre Company in The Forum at Sydney Harman Hall. For $10, you get one ticket for general-admission seating (a $20 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 24, at 9:45 p.m.
- Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 25, at 9:45 p.m.<p>
A satirical skewering of all things political, Pardon the Pundit’s six edgy comics unload their satirical publication’s joke-filled hamper onstage, grilling our nation’s body politic with a fast-paced, 75-minute show of standup, sketch, and improv comedy. The material doesn’t take sides on the issues and doesn’t boast affiliation with party lines. Rather, the comedians swing their satirical swords at the absurdities ballooning from both parties, the entire political system, and the press that covers it. Although some jokes tease at the impossible promises politicians avow for votes when shaking hands or placing bumper stickers on babies, other bits focus on recent presidential debates or a local school’s decision to elect Mr. Fritters, a hamster, as class president.
The hilarity of the show couples well with the sleek, iconic architecture of Sidney Harman Hall. A modern sophistication washes over silhouettes as they slide under the stunning three-story glass curtain that juts over the F Street sidewalk. The designer of the space, which opened in 2007, architect Jack Diamond expressed his wish to design “an adaptable space that would allow classical theater and classical literature to remain relevant in the 21st century” before our inevitable robot overlords deem functional PVC pipes as the de rigueur art form.