Sunset Space

Big news: we are no longer recording new episodes of Unsafe Space.

On the bright side, I (Toby Muresianu) will be starting a new show. It will have some of the best elements of Unsafe Space: Stand-up on big issues, discussion with experts, and your questions. However, we’re taking it to the next level and streamed it on – and taking questions from – the internet, so even you folks who live far away from our venues can join in on the fun.

It’s called Up Close & Political  and will be a monthly live show at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club and streamed on our facebook page (and possibly other places – follow the show on twitter for updates).

There will also be an in-studio live stream with comics and experts getting into the biggest issues of the week with viewers. A once a month show isn’t enough time to cover a news cycle that somehow seems to span 36 hours a day, and I’m excited to get more funny and interesting people on the show.

However, it is a little sad to leave Unsafe Space behind. A huge thank you to everyone who attended, listened to, performed on, or (praise be upon you and may the angels sing your name) rated the show on iTunes.

Here’s to ends and new beginnings. Thanks and hope all your ideas remain unsafe.

Trade War feat. Ramsay Badawi, Jimmy O. Yang, Jonathan Aronson, Ian Henderson and Brian Peck

We trade takes on a trade war with comedians Ramsay Badawi (KPCC), Jimmy O. Yang (HBO’s Silicon Valley) and panelists Jonathan Aronson (USC International Relations), Ian Henderson (writer for American Greatness), and Brian Peck (USC Law Center for Transnational Law and Business)! Hosted by Toby Muresianu and Faith Choyce.

Conspiracies feat. Adam Tod Brown, Tom Goss, Gar Culbert, Richard Fox and Nigel Raab

We get to the bottom of what’s *really* going on with Adam Tod Brown (host of Conspiracy! the show), Tom Goss (of the Mean Boys podcast), and professors Gar Culbert (Cal State LA professor of Political Science), Richard Fox (author of iPolitics: Citizens, Elections, and Governing in the New Media Era), and Nigel Raab (Professor of Russian History at Loyola Marymount University). Hosted by Toby Muresianu and Faith Choyce.

Line up announced for Unsafe Space: Trade War!

We’re thrilled to announce a fantastic panel for our upcoming show on the possibility of a Trade War!

Comedians:

Experts:

  • Ben Peck (director of the Center for Transnational Law and Business at the USC Gould School of Law).
  • Ian Henderson (director of outreach for Millenial Review, writer for the Shield Society).
  • Jon Aronson (Professor of Communications and International Relations at USC, author of Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance).

Hosted by Toby Muresianu and Faith Choyce!

The show will be April 2nd at 7:30pm at the Hollywood Improv. Get your tickets now!

Capitalism feat. Mitch Burrow, Helen Hong, Kevan Harris, Elham Saeidinezhad and Sameer Suri

Is capitalism the future, past its prime, or what? Our live episode on it features stand-up from favorites Helen Hong and Mitch Burrow, insight from experts Elham Saeidinezhad of the Milken Institute and Kevan Harris, UCLA sociology professor and author of “A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran,” plus comedy and hosting by Toby Muresianu and Sameer Suri!

Gentrification feat. Joe Dosch, Chris Estrada, Paul Ong, Mott Smith and Faith Choyce

Comedians Joe Dosch and Chris Estrada join Paul Ong, Urban Planning professor at UCLA, and Mott Smith, founder of Civic Enterprise Development for stand-up and discussion on gentrification at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club! Hosted by Toby Muresianu and Faith Choyce.

Climate Change feat. Jon Christensen, Willie Soon, Bryan Dey and Lori Weiss

We talk about climate change science and policy with panelists Dr. Willie Soon and Dr. Jon Christensen and comedians Bryan Dey and Lori Weiss.

Both panelists provided a few links and encouraged people to look into the science themselves.

Jon Christensen:

  1. The “Climate Lab” video series with Vox and the University of California: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/climate-lab
  2. The book “Why We Disagree About Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity” by Mike Hulme (Cambridge University Press, 2009): https://www.amazon.com/Disagree-about-Climate-Change-Understanding/dp/0521727324/
  3. The reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: http://www.ipcc.ch/

Willie Soon:

  1.  http://www.co2science.org/
  2. http://climateilluminated.com/index.html
  3. https://wattsupwiththat.com/

Sexual Harassment feat. Ashley Cullins, Casey Ley, Faith Choyce and Pamela Georgette

What needs to change? Who should resign? Is there another side to the story? We talk sexual harassment and the current cultural moment with The Hollywood Reporter’s Ashley Cullins, therapist Pamela Georgette, and comedians Casey Ley and Faith Choyce!