Tommy Thompson’s son adds laughs to heated election season with hilarious “birther” parody video
Wait…it wasn’t a joke? Oh for Christ’s sake
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• Upstart comedian Jason Thompson, son of former Gov. Tommy Thompson, brought a dash of much-needed levity to the contentious election season by releasing a hilarious “birther” parody video over the weekend. According to the Journal Sentinel, the 20-second clip features Thompson, an attorney at downtown law firm Michael Best & Friedrich, performing at a small Kenosha comedy club. “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago—or Kenya,” says Thompson, much to the delight of the receptive crowd who no doubt recognized the absurdity of a grown adult in the year 2012 claiming that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. “We are taking donations for that Kenya trip,” adds a member of the audience, perfectly playing into Thompson’s original joke and finally giving crowd participation at comedy shows a good name. The video ends with Thompson riffing on the hoopla surrounding the new iPhone, a few minutes about Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and a heartfelt request that the crowd try the veal.
Wait…he was being serious? He wasn’t at a comedy club? He was speaking at a “fall brunch” hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party? He actually said “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago—or Kenya,” and people laughed? Jesus fucking Christ.
• ART Milwaukee announced the launch of the ART Milwaukee Artist Residency Program, sponsored by ART Milwaukee. ART Milwaukee’s ART Milwaukee Artist Residency Program will provide four local artists chosen by ART Milwaukee with studio space in the Hampton Inn on Wisconsin Avenue, which is immediately across the street from ART Milwaukee’s ART Milwaukee headquarters. Xavier Ruffin, Jaclyn Tyler, Brad Fiore, and Sarah Luther will set up shop in the street-level suite beginning today. (Both Fiore and Luther lost studios and supplies in this summer’s Center Street fire.) ART Milwaukee is offering the public a chance to preview the ART Milwaukee Artist Residency Program following ART Milwaukee’s ART Bus Gallery Tour Oct. 19. More information can be found at ART Milwaukee’s ART Milwaukee website.
• In more ART Milwaukee news, The Business Journal filled its ART Milwaukee quota over the weekend by running yet another piece on that dumb-fuck “blow up a car” thing, which is sponsored by ART Milwaukee.
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