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Lady Parts Justice League is Hitting The Road Again This Summer for an 8-City National Comedy, Music & GOTV Tour
Lady Parts Justice League (LPJL), a comedy-driven reproductive rights organization, is bringing our unique combination of comedy, activism, and on-the-ground support to abortion providers and audiences across the nation. After a wildly successful debut last summer, the 2018 Vagical Mystery Tour (VMT) returns with an even more ambitious national tour that promises not only to make audiences laugh and dance, but our VMT performers will work with fans to get them to become activists in their own communities.
Hosted by Lizz Winstead, LPJL Founder and the Co-Creator of The Daily Show, the Vagical Mystery Tour is traveling to eight cities over the course of eight weeks beginning June 12. Special guests include Aparna Nancherla (Conan, Corporate), Gina Yashere (Netflix, The Daily Show), Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Smartest Man in the World Podcast), Maysoon Zayid (“I Got 99 Problems…” TED Talk), and Alonzo Bodden (Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me; Winner of Last Comic Standing). Each show not only presents some of the most hilarious and sought after comedians in the business, but also includes an informal post-show talkback with abortion providers and activists, who inform the audience about what is at stake for abortion rights in their state, and offer tangible ways audiences can roll up their sleeves to fight back.
But The Vagical Mystery Tour is not just performances.
At each stop, Winstead and the other VMT performers extend their activism by doing direct action work with local clinics; everything from escorting patients or bringing the staff a hot meal to lawn care and sometimes even remodeling. And because the 2018 VMT takes place during an election year, we're also partnering with local non partisan grassroots organizers to help get out the vote.
THE VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
6/12 – Bethlehem, PA – SteelSacks feat. Maysoon Zayid
6/20 – Charleston, WV – The Bakery feat. Greg Proops
6/24 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
6/28 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In feat. Nicole Atkins
7/12 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag feat. Mehran Khagani
7/17 – South Bend, IN – Vegetable Buddies feat. Helen Hong & Jenny Yang
7/26 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center feat. Alonzo Bodden & Guy Branum
8/2 – Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee Comedy Festival feat. Gina Yahere & Jackie Kashian
MORE ABOUT LADY PARTS JUSTICE LEAGUE
Lady Parts Justice League infuses humor into reproductive rights spaces while also dropping some knowledge and activism into our pop culture and social lives, inspiring folks who have not been active in the feminist and reproductive rights movements to get on board. A rapid response creative production team made up of comedians, writers, and activists, The League is on call 24/7 producing videos, artistic memes and creating national actions that respond instantly to the breaking news surrounding reproductive rights issues. Part of LPJL’s mission is to support and raise awareness about independent abortion providers who bear the brunt of anti-abortion legislation and harassment. Several times a year, the League goes on the road to perform comedy shows in a USO format bringing entertainment and love to these clinics and their communities. They also provide elbow grease at the clinics themselves, including anything from bringing lunch to building a fence to planting bushes to block protesters. Understanding that reproductive rights issues vary by race, class, and gender identity, Lady Parts Justice League is committed to diversity by creating content that fosters a multicultural, inclusive experience within the reproductive rights movement.