As co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and co-founder of Air America Radio, Lizz Winstead has helped changed the way people get their news.
As a performer, Lizz brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio's mid-morning show, with Chuck D and Rachel Maddow.
Known as as one of the top political satirists in America, Winstead is currently touring the country, bringing her razor sharp insights to the stage selling out shows from LA to NYC.
When Lizz is not on stage, she writes for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, at her website lizzwinstead.com and is a regular on MSNBC giving her spin on breaking news.
Her first book, Lizz Free Or Die, a hilarious collection of personal essays, was released summer of 2012 by Riverhead Press.
Lizz continues touring the country benefiting Planned Parenthood and NARAL and adding to her work in this area, has co-founded with Actor and Activist Martha Plimpton their own reproductive rights Awareness organization called, A Is For.
Okay. So, a few years back when Soledad O'Brien did her series "Black In America," I was working with my comedy troupe Shoot The Messenger on Wake Up World, our off-off-Broadway satirical morning show. The premise was we were a six-hour morning show on the world's worst news network, called...
Lately, the conversation surrounding abortion has been extreme; very rape focused, very life of the mother focused.
It's probably because so many of the politicians who have been bringing abortion into the public forum have some cave-dwelling, anti-science beliefs that belong nowhere in a discussion about reproductive health, and who...
When it comes to women's healthcare, the stakes have never been higher.
Seriously, it has gotten to the point where every day, some shining beacon of hypocrisy (READ: politician) is spouting off misinformation or worse, trying to pass legislation about our lady parts that is so odious, so factually, morally, and scientifically inexplicable, that we need to get loud and get real.
It's not just a few first-term wonders like Allen West, the man who puts the "offensive" in "charm offensive"; no, it's people who keep getting elected!
It's 2-, 3-, 4-, 6-term congressmen and governors and state reps pushing garbage laws that are pushing women into life changing, untenable positions.
Laws that propose, "If a woman forces a miscarriage she should get the death penalty."
'Cause that's an epidemic sweeping the nation.
Consider the ever popular "Personhood Amendment," a proposed constitutional amendment being touted by Romney/Ryan and a cavalcade of Protectors of our Privates, that defines a fertilized egg as a person, with the same rights as you, your mom, your sister, and your best friend. Oh, and just as an aside, hope you never get raped because if you happen to be one of the unlucky women who can't magically kill rape sperm, you may be forced to have that baby and find yourself in a lawsuit where your rapist sues you for joint custody. Yeah, the shit is real.
Oh, and the classic law sweeping the nation: You must submit to a state-mandated trans-vaginal probe if you choose to have an abortion. Why? Because you are a woman, therefore incapable of good judgment about your own body. Subtext: I mean, you did get yourself knocked up now didn't ya? Why should we trust you to make a good decision?"
And who could forget the "When rape gives you lemons..." comment.
These were laws proposed or passed and comments made by elected officials.
Yes, this is all happening.
So -- I have had enough of these illiterate cretins and last week I launched a website called www.ladypartsjustice.com.
The goal is to expose hypocrisy through a series of videos that mix humor and outrage. I want to show people just what is getting legislated "on your behalf" when you decide to tune out.
Here is our first one. Have a look. It is close and uncomfortable and funny.
It is real.
It went viral instantly -- 300K views in 48 hours, 600k to date.
It has no stars in it; it got no push from TV news.
It went viral because Internet journalists and people who consume info on the web, understand what is at stake. They got it and they shared it.
I got emails from people who didn't know this was a law and thanked me for letting them know. I heard from people who felt a bit freaked out by the visuals, but also laughed at the hypocrisy.
I got a lot of comments on YouTube from people who hate me.
But honestly, I also get those when I post a video of kittens in a yarn basket.
Mostly, I got emails saying things like, "Please keep making these. It gives me something to show my mom or sister or friend who has become disengaged."
The video made them rethink their complacency.
And that's the hope. We want to activate people who have checked out. It gets the attention of those who have said, "Screw it" and spend entire weekends on the couch watching Law and Order marathons trying to find the perfect red wine to pair with Oreos.
They would be having sex if it were an option. And when they are getting laid, they want all options for access to birth control.
So how do we get people to sit up and take notice?
We also want to wake women up and remind them they are politically involved whether they like it or not. A lot of women don't even know what kind of zealots are being elected and what laws they have passed until her birth control fails and she goes to the drugstore, only to be greeted by some asshole pharmacist who sizes her up and tells her the law says his moral conscience isn't gonna give her the morning after pill because he gets to legally judge her.
She may not know that some dunderkind, who has been elected for 6 terms and sits on the science committee, believes women have a magical force field that acts as kryptonite to the sperm of a rapist rendering it useless.
And walks around telling people this.
Did I mention he has been elected 6 times?
That's 12 years someone in the media could have exposed this guy.
So now we will.
It's been just a week since the first www.ladypartsjustice.com video launched.
In that time, the politicians still keep revealing who they are. It is relentless.
A Wisconsin State representative, Roger Rivard, got all folksy with the Milwaukee Sentinel on the subject of premarital sex basically saying, "Hey teen boys, if you have sex with teenage girls and get one of them pregnant, be warned, most of them are vindictive whores who will accuse you of rape."
And just yesterday, this guy, oh this guy. Scott DesJarlais hits the motherlode, no pun intended, of hypocrisy.
This married GOP anti-choice state rep from Tennessee is also a doctor and in an attempt to save his marriage, tried to convince his mistress to have an abortion after he got her pregnant.
He seems nice.
So today we launch our second video, a short reminder you can share with your friends that simply reminds women in no uncertain terms, that there are people elected to office who are making very important decisions about our bodies, and they have no business doing so....
I had to turn off the television yesterday because the creepy Nike ad featuring Tiger and his Dad's beyond the grave wisdom made me feel dirtier than an RNC expense account.
So I joined the legions of others who tweeted about how thoroughly creeped out they were by it when...
I was sitting in my office at MTV in Los Angeles, wondering when the fallout of September 11th would finally end. Now there were many types of fallout, but to those of us who made our living as political satirists, questioning our government was still an unwelcome...
If we could run our cars and heat our homes on stupidity, Michael Steele could power the world.
The RNC chairbot claims his job is to bring true conservatives back to the party while trying not to alienate the 21 people, er percent who still identify as Republican.
The only "Storm Gathering" as far as we can tell is a shitstorm of intolerance gathered by the latest fearmongers over at The National Organization for Marriage.
They are running a multi-million dollar ad to warn people about the dangers of gay marriage.
In this response to their claims,...
Recently, Value-dictorian of the House of Representatives Michele Bachmann eloquently summarized our economic fears with her statement "We're running out of rich people!"
It's the phrase we have all been grappling for to encapsulate our feeling about this crisis but just couldn't find the words.
Now Americans all over...
So I am looking for some freelance work, writing or producing to make some cash so I can keep funding Wake Up World, my Off-Broadway theater show.
I decide to peruse the listings over at Mediabistro and happened upon this actual job listing.
I post it without comment.
Poor Michele Bachmann.
It seems our eager cub congressgirl gave an interview using info from her "Hello Kitty Kookoo Congressional Notebook Full of Cool Secret Stuff Only She Knows."
Yes chockful of Bachmanniacal insights, Michele made this "Not even Cheney is this fucking nuts" statement about Iran's plans for...