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It's a Funny World - An Evening of International Stand-up Comedy

Monday, September 13, 2010 - 7:00pm

With oil in the Gulf, the Taliban going strong and the polar ice caps melting away, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling like there's nothing to laugh about - until now. You may not have thought policy wonks were funny, but we’re about to prove you wrong with:

“It's a Funny World”

A special evening of international stand-up comedy benefiting World Policy Journal

Featuring (click here for bios):

  • Ophira Eisenberg
  • Ian Bremmer
  • Kevin Bleyer
  • Robert George
  • With emcee Christian Finnegan.

Monday, September 13 at COMIX
343 West 14th Street (just east of Ninth Avenue)

Show: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
We suggest arriving at least 30 minutes before the show, or 45 minutes if you purchase the dinner package. Comix will be open at 5:30, so please feel free to join us ahead of show time for a drink at one of their bars.

Advance Ticket Prices:

  • General Admission: $25 ($15 for WPI Members); $35 for General Admission and a subscription to World Policy Journal
  • Preferred Seating: $40 ($30 for WPI Members); $50 for Preferred Seating and a subscription to World Policy Journal

*There is a two-drink minimum on both general admission and preferred seating options.

  • Dinner Package: $100

The Dinner Package includes premium seating, a three-course prix fixe dinner including a glass of wine, and a subscription to World Policy Journal. (View menu options here.)

In addition to the Dinner Package, a full menu is available during each show for à la carte dining.

Purchase Tickets:
Ticket prices will increase by $10 after September 12 – buy now!

To receive the WPI Member admission price you must reserve through WPI.

WPI Members:  Purchase tickets here:

WPI Member Admission


Non-members:  Purchase tickets here:

Non-member Admission


To make an additional, fully tax-deductible contribution, please click here (tickets and dinner admission are not tax-deductible):


Tickets may also be purchased by calling the World Policy Institute events line at (212) 481-5005, Option 2; or in-person at the Comix box office (located at 353 West 14th Street, open from noon until the start of the last show of the evening).

Group sales can be arranged by calling the World Policy Institute events line, (212) 481-5005, option 2, or the Comix box office, (212) 915-0444.

For any other questions, contact Kate Maloff at (212) 481-5005 x464.  Thank you for your support.


An evening of international stand-up comedy benefiting World Policy Journal

Emcee Christian Finnegan, a stand-up comedian, is a fixture (some might say ‘barnacle’) on Comedy Central, having starred in countless network interstitials, the shows “Premium Blend” and “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and in his own special, “Comedy Central Presents: Christian Finnegan.” Christian was also the host of TV Land’s “Game Time” and has appeared on “The Today Show” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Christian is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of VH1’s “Best Week Ever.” “Chappelle’s Show” fans will recognize him as ‘Chad’, the only white roommate in the infamous “Mad Real World” sketch. And pinko Communists know Christian from his regular appearances on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”.

Ophira Eisenberg, selected as one of New York Magazine's Top 10 Comics, has appeared on Comedy Central, Fox, VH-1, and NBC. Her writing has been published in five anthologies, including I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics and Heeb Magazine's collection “Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish.” Eisenberg is also a regular contributor for Us Weekly's "Fashion Police" and, plus she's a regular host and storyteller with The Moth and featured on their #1 rated podcast. Her debut stand-up comedy CD As Is features a selection of witty autobiographical humor that is irreverent, unique, and wonderfully self-deprecating.

Kevin Bleyer is a multiple Emmy Award-winning writer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Truman National Security Fellow. A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, he reported from Iraq as part of The Daily Show's "Operation: Silent Thunder," featuring correspondent Rob Riggle. Kevin is also the author of the upcoming book Me the People: An Order to Form a More Perfect Union, which will be published by Random House in late 2011. 

Ian Bremmer is author of the national bestseller, The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? (Watch Ian talk about his new book on The Daily Show.) He’s also president of the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. Ian’s other books include The J Curve and The Fat Tail. He is a panelist for CNN International's "Connect the World" and appears regularly on CNBC, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, and other networks.

Robert A. George is an editorial writer for the New York Post and a conservative/libertarian blogger and pundit. He was born in Trinidad and lived in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States. A graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, Robert worked for the Republican National Committee and, following the 1994 midterm elections, Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. In addition to his position with the New York Post, George also has appeared on the CNN public affairs program Take 5 and regularly appears on other political affairs programs. He also writes for the Huffington Post and sponsors his own political/cultural blog, "Ragged Thots." In addition, George occasionally moonlights as a stand-up comic.

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