Over his 60-plus years in comedy, Mort Sahl has looked to the headlines of the day rather than relying on cheap one-liners.
And, in the process, he revolutionized stand-up, paving the ways for such politically conscious comedians as George Carlin, Jon Stewart and Bill Hicks.
The legendary stand-up comedian will perform at Danbury’s historic Palace Theatre for an exclusive Connecticut performance on Saturday, August 23 at 8 p.m.
Tickets, which are $35-$50, can be purchased by phone at 203-794-9944 or online.
Here’s more about Sahl, via his publicist:
Sahl dared to do political humor while everyone else was telling mother-in-law jokes. Combining political awareness and fearless criticism of the government, he satirized politicians from both the Democrat and Republican parties.
His list of firsts is quite impressive. He was the first comic to appear on the cover of Time Magazine, the first comic to make a comedy album, the first comedian to perform on college campuses, and the first comic to speak at the National Press Club. He was the first non-musician to win a Grammy award and he emceed the very first Grammy Awards show in 1959.
Check out Sahl in action, below: