For the Chicagoans: Come See an Atheist Comedian for Free

Jamie Kilstein is an atheist comedian from New York. He’s also liberal, anti-Bush, and all other things wonderful and correct.

Here’s a sample of his work:

As it turns out, he’s taping a stand-up comedy CD this weekend in Chicago at the Lakeshore Theater.

Normally, ticket prices at the door are $20. But if you’re reading this and you’re interested in attending one of the shows, you can get in for free.

The showtimes are this Friday (February 22nd) at 8:00 and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m., and Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

Just let me know who you are, which show you’d like to attend, and how many guests you will be bringing.

I can take care of the rest.

My plan (for now) is to see the Friday 10:30 p.m. show. But if a bunch of you coincidentally choose a show on a different night/time, I can always rearrange…

If you’re going, please let me know by Thursday! I will be calling the box office with the names/#-of-tickets that afternoon.


[tags]atheist, atheism[/tags]

  • Milena

    He certainly makes one think and I would see him if I were in the Chicago area, but what’s with blaming victims of kidnapping for their own fate and calling them dumb? =/

  • Kelly

    He’s also liberal, anti-Bush, and all other things wonderful and correct.

    Friendly Atheist my ass.

    By the way, there are quite a few people who are anti-bush and not a “liberal”. Thanks.

  • Siamang

    Yes, but they’re neither wonderful nor correct.

  • The Unbrainwashed

    I love how liberals claim that “the man” is causing all the problems for (underrepresented) minorities.

  • http://blog.quentinanthony.com Mandie

    Damn! We’re going to be out of town this weekend. I could really use a night out, too.

  • http://www.SecularDignity.net Secular Dignity

    I live about a block from that theater.

  • http://www.xanga.com/drew85 Drew

    Hmmph. I’m from Illinois, but here I am clear across the country the one time I could have gotten free tickets to a comedy show.

  • Jodi

    I enjoyed your book about selling your soul to ebay. I chose to visit this site because I was intrigued by your invitation to join in a dialogue with people of different beliefs. I felt you were respectful and insightful in your book. I was challeneged by your belief that there doesn’t need to be discrimination or hateful dialogue. However, your choice to endorse someone who finds it humorous to say, “God fucks children” has lessened any credibility and respect I felt for your stance. You cite a lack of sensitivity to non-religious people as a stumbling block in churches. However, what kind of sensitivity are you endorsing with this comedian? This is humor? Please clarify how I have misunderstood.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Hemant Mehta

    Thanks for the comment, Jodi. I’m not necessarily endorsing the comedian, though I do tend to support people who have a liberal point of view, and you don’t see very many comedians who discuss atheism onstage, so I do hope people get a chance to see him. That’s why I’m going.

    Do I have to agree with everything Jamie says? No. I wasn’t offended by the “god fucks children” remark… I just didn’t find it funny. That doesn’t mean all his material is just like that. If it is, then the show would be disappointing. I’m holding out hope that that’s not the case.

  • J Myers

    Kelly, what exactly do you think “liberal” means? How could Hemant’s endorsement of liberalism possibly make him unfriendly?

    I love how liberals claim that “the man” is causing all the problems for (underrepresented) minorities. – The Unbrainwashed

    And the Irony Award goes to….

  • Jen

    Friendly Atheist my ass.

    Ugh, is anyone else as sick of people complaining Hemant isn’t friendly as I am? I swear, any time he has an opinion on anything, ever, bunches of people start complaining. He’s human, people, jeez.

    If he is a liberal, and he is, there is no reason for him not to think that it is the correct point of view. Otherwise, he’d belong to a different party and think that was the correct thing. Please note that he did not ask to have Republicans killed, and only suggested that they are not the correct way of thinking.

    On topic… I might be able to go. Let me see if I can convince a friend or two to come with me.

  • Karen

    Ugh, is anyone else as sick of people complaining Hemant isn’t friendly as I am?

    (raising hand) YES!!

  • Kelly

    For the unenlightened: Not Liberal != Republican.

    Hence the comment. Stop throwing people in to boxes and closing yourself off from the general conversation. Asserting your “correctness” right out of the gate is a very silly way to throw up a wall.

    I have a severe allergy to self proclaimed liberals walk around assuming that they are not only correct but that correctness should be forced upon everyone else. (I live in a nanny state and this happens daily.) So, if you wonder why people like me get pissy over it, there ya go.

    What I am trying to get at is simple: If you would rather be open to the conversation, be less smug.

  • http://lifebeforedeath.blogsome.com Felicia Gilljam

    I’m among the very curious as to how Kelly defines liberalism.

  • The Unbrainwashed

    J Myers said:

    I love how liberals claim that “the man” is causing all the problems for (underrepresented) minorities. – The Unbrainwashed

    And the Irony Award goes to….

    Please clarify.

  • J Myers

    Please clarify.

    Your original comment struck me as one that might have been made after being strapped into a chair and having one’s eyelids taped open for a drugged-up, sleep-deprived week of uninterrupted Fox News Channel. With that image in my head, and considering your handle, I thought it ironic, though perhaps the scenario I envisioned was not obvious enough to warrant my (attempted) joke.

  • J Myers

    Kelly, in addition to my previous questions, I would also like to know what a “nanny state” is. Do you live in a sovereignty administered by an oligarchy of British disciplinarians?

  • The Unbrainwashed

    @ J Myers:
    So it’s unacceptable to have a viewpoint arrived at through independent thought just because it so happens to be an opinion espoused by Fox News? Are you disagreeing with what I said? If so, please provide a brief rejoinder regarding the fallacy of my point. I’m actually curious to hear why you think I’m wrong.

  • http://heathendad.blogspot.com/ HappyNat

    For the unenlightened: Not Liberal != Republican.

    This is a false dichotomy presented in a rather smug manner.

    Asserting your “correctness” right out of the gate is a very silly way to throw up a wall.

    So to be friendly Hemant can’t state his opinion on anything? He must be open to all views all the time? What kind of boring blog would that be?

    What I am trying to get at is simple: If you would rather be open to the conversation, be less smug.

    I would pass this advice back to you. You really expect to start a constructive conversation when you first post is “friendly atheist my ass”?

  • Tom

    I L-O-V-E Jamie Kilstein. I first ran into him when he showed up on RRS one day. His poetry slamming is TOPS. You can feel it for sure!

    **Written by a conservative for Hemant’s right to make sarcastic jokes about his own political beliefs – ON HIS OWN BLOG**

  • J Myers

    @The Unbrainwashed,

    It’s just that there is nothing inherently liberal about the position you were ascribing to liberals. I consider myself rather liberal, and while I think that discrimination is an undeniable and unfortunate reality, I certainly do not think that it alone is responsible for every hardship or instance of inequity experienced by any particular group. Now, there are probably some people who qualify as liberal who would claim that such oppression is solely responsible for the problems experienced by minorities, but there are likely conservatives who would say the same thing. It’s quite likely that there are some people who believe this to be the case and are happy about it, which is decidedly illiberal. Bigots.

  • Jack

    Yo!

    I sent you a message that I wanted to go and I got no response. What gives?

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Hemant Mehta

    I sent you a message that I wanted to go and I got no response. What gives?

    Hi Jack — I looked through my emails (and searched specifically for your email address) and I never got that message :( I’m not sure what happened!

  • Price

    I LOVE Bill Hicks, George Carlin, David Cross, Patton Oswalt (from those you can guess others I like). This guy is just not funny. He hasn’t said anything that a thousands hacks like him have said ever since the Bush senior-era. He is entitled in this country to say things like “… if you have to attack a terrorist because we overthrow democratically elected governments in other countries.” That is just ignorance on parade. So… the people that died on 911 had it coming because of US foreign policy. It couldn’t be because the terrorist were brainwashed dogmatics, who believed they would enter paradise upon impact to their respective targets. Or, could it be, that Islamic Fascism is a real threat to the world. It must be so uncomfortable to live in the same country that is responsible for all the ills of the world. The planet revolved around the Sun in perfect harmony with the Cosmos before the dreaded rise of the violent empire known as the United States of America. These same old rants of the limited mind set of so-called “liberals” is certainly getting stale. People like this “comedian” are as closed minded and ignorant as the religious.

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