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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
We’re back to cover arguably the world’s largest Unsafe Space — Russia!
Are they up to no good? Or just misunderstood?
Is the Cold War heating up again?
Are they the boogeyman, or are we just treating them like one?
We get down to business at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club Lab with a panel of comedians and experts who may or may not be Russian agents.
Kira Soltanovich (former Tonight Show correspondent, Showtime special)
Peter Savodnik, founder of Stateless Media, who’s written for the
Washington Post, Time, and the New Yorker.
Sofiya Alexandra (Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening, one of
Playboy’s 50 Funniest Women On Twitter)
Benjamin Graham, USC professor of international relations and co-founder of their Security and Political Economy lab!
Tickets are just $5 with no drink minimum (as un-Russian as that is). Get yours now!
Brought to you as always by We The Internet TV.
We discuss decriminalization, trafficking, personal experiences with sex work and more with UCLA professor Manisha Shah, Playboy writer and stripper Kasey Koop, Thai Rivera of the Unbothered podcast and Sammy Obeid of Conan and Last Comic Standing.
Note: Resources for people who wish to leave sex work include JourneyOut.org, CastLA.org and others.
2:30 Toby Standup
6:35 Kasey Koop Standup
12:00 Sammy Obeid Standup
18:11 Thai Rivera Standup
27:40 Manisha Shah – Should prostitution be legalized?
40:20 Sex worker interactions with police
45:55 Decriminalization vs. Legalization
1:16:00 History of prostitution
1:27:05 Longevity of careers in sex work
Is free speech is threatened on campus? We premiere mini-documentary Silence U Part 2: What Has Yale Become? and discuss it with filmmaker Rob Montz, comedian Jenny Yang of MTV’s #BeyondTheWall, and UCLA undergrad comedian Nathan Mosher.
00:00 Episode Intro
01:00 Stage Intro
02:45 Toby Muresianu Standup
07:48 Jenny Yang Standup
14:25 Nathan Mosher Standup
20:54 Panel Discussion
21:54 Is free speech threatened at colleges?
23:55 Role of class in protests
40:00 Why is free speech an important issue even if campus blowups are relatively rare?
42:00 Speakers getting shouted down costs universities money
45:10 Right-wing students also in echo chambers?
46:45 Audience member: Class isn’t the complete explanation for feeling alienated
52:42 Are safe spaces necessary?
54:44 Was it unreasonable to expect discourse in the Silliman courtyard?
56:10 Is Yale’s notion of “home” actually an old concept?
We’re back with a special event – a show which combines a topic we’ve long wanted to tackle with a debut of a documentary on it! We’re also heading to the legendary Hollywood Improv Comedy Club’s Lab stage to do it.
The issue of free speech on college campuses has been thrust into the spotlight over and over again, with recent violent clashes over a speaker at Middlebury College following, well, recent violent clashes over a speaker at UC Berkeley and more.
Are students censoring free speech and limiting ideas? Or are these speakers promoting dangerous, hateful ideologies that deserve to be shut down? Where is the line?
Unsafe Space, the show where comedians do standup on controversial topics followed by a discussion with experts and the audience, returns to take these issues head-on in its first show at the legendary Hollywood Improv.
The event will also feature the debut of Silence U Part 2, the sequel to last year’s mini-documentary “Silence U: Is the University Killing Free Speech and Open Debate?” from We the Internet TV, which was featured in USA Today and watched over 400,000 times.
Unsafe Space hosts Lou Perez and Toby Muresianu will join filmmaker Rob Montz, USC law professor Jody Armour and Jenny Yang of MTV’s Beyond the Wall, Nathan Mosher of UCLA’s Roadkill Comedy Show.
It’ll be a can’t miss show and we hope to see you all there! Plus, it’s only $5 – so get your tickets now!