April 29, 2002
How far can a joke be stretched before it's taken too far? Is any subject off limits? Is there a place for political correctness in comedy? That's what this show set out to answer.
Ted Rall's work is probably most familiar to New Yorkers through Search and Destroy, his weekly Village Voice strip. Beyond the Big Apple though, Rall's pieces appear in more than 100 publications, including The Baltimore Sun, Toronto Star and the Los Angeles Times. He is also a regular contributor to Time and Fortune, and his illustrations have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News Services and The New York Times. A two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Cartoons and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Rall has authored seven books, including Real Americans Admit: The Worst Thing I've Ever Done, recipient of the 1997 Firecracker Alternative Book Award.
Patrice O'Neal is a regular at Eating It, a cast member of the profoundly funny, though short-lived Colin Quinn Show and is now regularly featured on Quinn's follow-up, Tough Crowd.
Also to his credit, a Showtime Half-Hour Comedy Special and an installment of Comedy Central's Presents as well as appearances at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the Comics Come Home show in Boston. O'Neal is always one to speak his mind, no matter how uncomfortable it may make those around him.