The Comedy Resistance, 10/9

Inside Austin
September 02, 2018 - 8:00 pm

October 9 is the last day to register to vote for this November election. That’s the message that Adam Weightman has been echoing for a good part of the year.Weightman is a local comedian in Austin, Texas, and has his fair share of shows he produces around the city. This year, sometime around the month of April, he connected with the national nonprofit organization, The Comedy Resistance. Weightman started producing shows at local venus around town, and even comedy on a street corner with nothing more and a microphone a portable sound system and comedian that are locally, and nationally, known.

The Comedy Resistance, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, uses live events (comedy shows), local activism, digital content and tools to inspire comedians and comedy fans to increased civic engagement. So when Weightman produces a comedy show, a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR) would ask audience members in the venue if they were registered to vote for the November election. If not, the VDR would assist you in filling out the voter registration form before the start, or the end, of the show.

Weightman says the goal for The Comedy Resistance has been to work on voter registration, Get Out The Vote campaigns, and ongoing activism to drive policy. When asked if any of his shows would lean too far to the right, or to the left, Weightman assured his organization is nonpartisan and that they haven’t had any performer deemed too radical for the audience’s taste.

“A lot of the show we’ve had so far have been local comedians doing their regular sets,” said Weightman. “Sometimes it’s a little political, but most of the time it’s not. Most of the time it’s just really good comedy these comedians haven been working on the last year.”

Local shows have been put up at various venues such as Native Hostiles, and Cap City Comedy Club. But as the 2018 Midterm election inches closer, Weightman stressed that it’s not only important to be registered to vote, but when November 6 rolls around be ready to make your voice heard.

“A lot of people feel disenfranchised, they feel like their voice doesn’t matter,” Weightman said. “[But] your vote really, really matters. The Comedy Resistance is beautiful because we’re reminding people of that very thing.”  

You can find more information on The Comedy Resistance by visiting their website right here, or by texting resist to 555888.   

Need to check if you’re registered to vote? You can find out here.

So you’re not registered to vote, and you can’t make a comedy show to register, well you have until October 9 to fill it out online right here.

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