From: Center for Environmental Economic Development (CEED) and Human Nature
Published October 15, 2004 01:44 PM

Climate Comedy Caps Tour

Concluding a two-year national tour, "What's Funny About Climate Change" is opening in New York City.

The comedy, created by Human Nature, a theater company based in Petrolia California, has crisscrossed the country from Los Angeles to Boston, performing in over 40 cities.

In New Hampshire, Clean Air-Cool Planet's Bill Bertis said "If Moliere were Vonnegut in an earlier life, this would have been his play". Stanford climate scientist, Steven Schneider, called the show "zany, poignant and painlessly fact filled" Northern California Poet Laureate Jerry Martien said, "If this show doesn't change the world, I don't know what will."

"What could be more wildly funny than the human race driving itself and much of the rest of the planet full tilt toward the abyss in a seemingly endless line of Hummers, Navigators, Explorers and Escalades?" "When faced with ignorance or fear, what can you do but laugh?" asks David Simpson of Human Nature, and a veteran of the original San Francisco Mime Troupe. "But, believe me, laughter can lead to understanding and action"

"When we started, we felt like a lone voice crying in the wilderness, but now the climate of opinion seems to be changing. Even the Pentagon's getting into the act" Simpson notes referring to the recent Pentagon-funded report on the national security implications of abrupt climate change and Rocky Mountain Institute's study, "Winning the Oil Endgame" (also Pentagon co-funded) which proposes ending US dependence on oil in two decades.

"What's Funny" runs Wednesday October 20th through Saturday October 24 starting at 8 pm and Sunday October 25th at 2 pm. at the Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets) NY, NY (212) 254-1109.

David Simpson
Human Nature Performer/Director
(707) 322-5731

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