Occupy Comedy: Laughter Against The Machine

As Oscar Wilde once said: "If you are going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh or they will kill you." In doing so, Wilde was merely stating what court jesters have known since the dawn of the first royal court: comedy has always been a potent political weapon to mock the powerful. But it requires great skill to wield such a weapon, and Nato Green, member of comedy trio Laughter Against the Machine, has been sharpening his stand up skills since his days spent as a labor organizer. 

During their recent national tour, Nato, along with comedic tag team members W. Kamau Bell and Janine Brito, visited 7 Occupy Wall Street sites across the US: San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, New York, Washington DC, and New Orleans. Along the way, Nato participated in the Oakland General Strike and a mobilization to defend OccupySF from a police raid. Here are some jokes from those experiences, told on 11/15/2011 at the New Parish Theater in Oakland, on the last night of the LATM Tour. They are currently working on a feature length tour documentary. 

Cultural Strategy: Use humor to uplift the spirits of the downtrodden, and ridicule the powerful. 

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