Unsafe Space: Capitalism at the Hollywood Improv November 6th!

We’re freely discuss the free market, and questions like:

* How much socialism is too much?

* Is capitalism unfair or are people unfair to it?

* Is paying $5 for a ticket to this show a fair trade? (Yes).

Featuring a generous supply of comedians back by popular demand:

* Helen Hong, seen on Last Call with Carson Daly and Starz’s Blunt Talk!

* Mitch Burrow, of Bob & Tom Radio and Laughs on Fox!

And two experts to keep us honest:

* Elham Saeidinezhad, Economist of the Milken Institute!

* Kevan Harris, Assistant Sociology professor at UCLA and author of “A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran”!

Hosted by Toby Muresianu and guest host Sameer Suri!

Unsafe Space: Climate Change on September 25th in LA!

We’re returning to Hollywood on the back of hurricane-force winds to answer pressing questions on climate change!

Is global warming happening? Or it the political atmosphere just getting more heated?

Should we change our behavior, or just make margaritas?

Can we agree on a climate agreement?

We have a Category 5 lineup, including:

Jon Christensen of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and author of ‘Bending the Curve’: Can We Flat-Line Global Warming by 2050?

Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center and author of Climate Change Reconsidered II!

Lori Weiss, comedian who has worked for both E! and the EPA!

Bryan Dey, comedian who’s performed at the Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, and comedy clubs all over the country!

Tickets are just $5 with no drink minimum, so reserve now!

Unsafe Studio feat. Mike Schmidt and Johnny Mitchell!

Comedian + former convict Johnny Mitchell and comedian + former defense attorney Mike Schmidt join Toby and Lou to talk prison and criminal justice. See video on YouTube: http://bit.ly/UnsafeStudioIncarceration

Topics:

1:54 What’s prison like and does it work?
6:00 Religion in Prison
8:47 Are fewer laws the answer? Is the Prison industry driving incarceration?
10:49 Breakdown of drug offenders in federal and state prison.
12:34 Is the damage incarceration and for-profit policing are doing to society greater than crime itself?
16:29 What’s the difference between jail and prison?
17:24 The bail system
20:45 Violent vs. Nonviolent crimes in prison, and why America has higher incarceration rates than other countries.
22:30 Caning, and how to make punishment swift and certain.
25:35 What’s the practical alternative to prison?
32:35 Does keeping criminals off the streets reduce crime?
33:55 Taking away the parole system
36:04 Prison workers
42:67 Programs that reduce sentence length
50:35 Treating teens who are sexting as sex offenders.
53:25 English common law as the basis of our law.
57:40 Withholding evidence and false accusations.
1:01:45 The role of race in criminal justice

Sources:

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2016.html
https://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/releasing-drug-offenders-wont-end-mass-incarceration/
https://www.ncjrs.gov/ondcppubs/publications/pdf/whos_in_prison_for_marij.pdf

Read co-host Toby Muresianu’s thoughts on the topic: https://medium.com/@tobymuresianu/afterthoughts-on-unsafe-space-incarceration-fb982beafb6d

Surveillance feat. Sammy Obeid, Bryan Vokey, James Harrigan and André Andrews

Our latest episode covers surveillance – from domestic surveillance of us to leaks about Trump – with a lively panel including standup comedian and former NSA worker Bryan Vokey, comedian and returning favorite Sammy Obeid, Navy veteran and former president of LA Vets in Tech André Andrews, and James R. Harrigan, former dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani.

Unsafe Space: North Korea in NYC on August 27th!

So we might be blown up by nuclear weapons – or will we?

It’s the hot gossip everyone’s talking about these days.

We’re returning to the city that never sleeps (especially under nuclear threat) with a special matinee show you can fit comfortably between brunch-drinking and night drinking: 3-5pm at the Kraine Theater in the Lower East Side.

Best of all, it’s free! Make your reservations here.

Next show on Surveillance June 19th at the Hollywood Improv Lab!

We’re back in LA to talk about a topic that’s always hush hush – surveillance!

* Do intelligence agencies conduct too much domestic surveillance – and do we need to keep an eye on them?

* Why are they leaking – and is it spy vs. spy?

* Do they keep us safe – or is that just what they want you to think, man?

Featuring a fantastic cast who’s willing to wind up on a watch list:

* Professor James Harrigan, former dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani who’s written for the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, and more.

* Comedian and former NSA employee Bryan Vokey!

* Comedian Sammy Obeid – seen on Conan, America’s Got Talent and more!

Tickets are just $5 online, so get yours today!

Incarceration feat. Heather Mac Donald, Thaddeus Russell, Petey DeAbreau and J-L Cauvin

We return to NYC to tackle incarceration with vocal advocate for police Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, libertarian and founder of Renegade University Thaddeus Russell, former criminal and comedian Petey DeAbreau, and former prosecutor and comedian JL Cauvin. What do you think? Go to our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/UnsafeSpaceShow) to discuss this episode!

Table of Contents:

1:08 Show begins.

2:54 Toby Muresianu Standup

7:35 JL Cauvin Standup

14:10 Petey DeAbreu Standup

22:32 What causes America’s high incarceration rates?

32:35 Why don’t other countries that prohibit the same things have similar rates of incarceration?

41:39 Is a racial conspiracy to blame for incarceration, a la Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow”?

43:53 What led you to crime?

45:58 What would the effect of legalizing drugs be on poor communities?

52:28 What was the experience of a prosecutor like?

59:20 Evidentiary requirements and the constitution.

1:06:20 Stop and Frisk.

1:14:30 Growing up in the hood.

1:18:51 Audience member: It’s not an honest discussion with out addressing racism.

Russia feat. Kira Soltanovich, Sofiya Alexandra, Peter Savodnik and Benjamin Graham

Standup and discussion on the original international bad boy: Russia. With journalist Peter Savodnik (journalist and founder of Stateless Media), Benjamin Graham (USC International Relations professor) and comedians Kira Soltanovich (Showtime) and Sofiya Alexandra (Amazon’s Danger and Eggs).

2:20 Toby Muresianu Standup

6:40 Sofiya Alexandra Standup

16:00 Kira Soltanovich Standup

24:40 Panel Intros

25:47 What are people getting right and wrong about Russia?

31:05 Does Russia want to get caught in places like Uk

36:26 What is the Syria conflict about?

39:00 Do the Russians have a compromising tape of Trump?

41:55 How can people say Russia isn’t powerful?

46:18 How do you make jokes in a time of political danger?

53:02 Understanding Russian History

55:20 What is the story that the Russian government tells itself?

1:05:50 What’s behind Russia’s links to the far right?

1:11:45 Any possibility of Russian regime change?

The Next 4 Years feat. Elahi Izadi, Caleb Brown, Chelsea Shorte, Jack Hunter and Matty Litwack

As we approach Trump’s 100 day milestone, here’s a show recorded right before the inauguration with people’s predictions and outlook for the next four years. Recorded in Washington D.C., the show features comedian and Washington Post journalist Elahi Izadi, the Cato Institute’s Caleb Brown, Rare.us editor Jack Hunter, and comedians Chelsea Shorte and Matty Litwack.

3:20 Toby Muresianu Standup

7:50 Chelsea Shorte Standup

11:45 Matty Litwack Standup

15:45 Elahi Izade Standup

20:50 Panel Introductions

22:40 What do you think the biggest change will be over the next four years?

55:17 Is there too much relative comparison of politicians and partisans, as opposed to judging them on their merits?

1:08:50 Education, why can’t we agree on facts, and the media in the age of the internet.

1:27:45 How important are comedic news sources?

1:38:30 Is Trump anti-trans, and the line between opposing policies and opposing groups of people.