Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Comedian Will Franken Back at The Marsh

Several months ago, I wrote a column for SFGate titled "Will Franken: Comedy, Not Political Correctness" about a local comedian whose work I very much admire. I would classify Franken more as an independent thinker than anything else, but his hawish and accurate take on radical Islam combined with his satirical approach to the suicidalism and irrationality of Western liberalism definitely appeals to someone with my political proclivities.

Here's an excerpt from my article on the subject:
When it comes to comedy in San Francisco, stale Bush jokes and nefarious Rove references all too often are the order of the day. For those in search of something different, comedian Will Franken (no relation to Al Franken) is a breath of fresh air. I went to see Franken's one-man show, "Grandpa, It's Not Fitting," at The Marsh theater last week and was blown away.


The first sign that it would not be business as usual the night of his show were the name tags handed out randomly to audience members as they came in the door. Mine, I was proud to note, was named for "Infidel" author and radical Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Let's just say this was hardly standard fare for San Francisco.

Things got even more curious as the show began, with Franken adding his own spin to a number of subjects familiar to me from the right-leaning blogosphere. A partial list of the topics he touched on includes:

  • The flying imams

  • Woven "anti-war scarves" (keffiyehs) from Urban Outfitters

  • The cult of "celebrating diversity"

  • The inspired silliness of the Burning Man festival

  • San Francisco activists "counter-protesting" Christians in Golden Gate Park

  • The never-ending obsession with the 1960s

  • Marketing to the LGBT community

  • The self-indulgence of therapy culture

  • "The Final Broadcast of the Christian Faith" (a cautionary tale)

  • Bush Derangement Syndrome (otherwise known as BDS)

  • The left's irrational hatred of Israel (otherwise known as IDS)

  • Using the Crusades to justify Islamist terrorism

  • Modern-day moral relativism and its intellectual underpinnings(Foucault, Derrida)

  • The Danish cartoon controversy and the "bravery" of mocking Christianity

  • Everyone's favorite "political prisoner," cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

  • PC-ism running amok at our airports, to the point where a man clutching box cutters and a Koran, and wearing a ski mask, keffiyeh and suicide belt while asking for seat-belt extensions for no apparent reason, is waved cheerfully onto a plane
Will's show is currently running at The Marsh theater again through August 4 and I urge all those looking for laughter, illumination, and a rare evening of politically-incorrect material in San Francisco to check him out. Providing support to local artists that dare to buck the Bay Area's political orthodoxy doesn't hurt either. Also, I hear that humor-challenged local audiences sometimes need a little help knowing when it's okay to laugh. Perhaps we can help them...

Cross-posted at Solomonia.


Blogger Mike said...

Great find! Will check it out this Saturday.

Saturday, July 14, 2007 1:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! This looks like a flying pig moment for SF. I would love to check this out!

Saturday, July 14, 2007 1:30:00 AM  
Blogger Cinnamon said...

Bunch of people are going tonight (7/14), so come on down!

Saturday, July 14, 2007 1:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, it was awesome! A really really great experience. This was truly something else. What a crowd, they all seemed to be having a blast.

Thank you so much Cinnamon for posting about this. I am so glad I got to go.

Sunday, July 15, 2007 12:47:00 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I know it's easy to be a critic and I'll give Will credit for treading on rare ground.

But I give him a D for the first half of the show (sometimes painfully unfunny IMHO) and an A+ for the last half. I wish he would have stuck with the good stuff...the church cantor and hijacked plane come to mind. The more politically incorrect Will got, the more laughs he created. Funny thing, the best part of the show for me was the stereotypical beatnik girl sitting next to me who, judging by her reactions, was blissfully unaware that Will was parodying her.

Sunday, July 15, 2007 1:30:00 AM  

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