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Christopher Titus bringing 'Amerigeddon' to Gracie Theatre

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BANGOR - Comedian Christopher Titus says he is excited to bring his latest show, “Amerigeddon,” to the Gracie Theatre at Husson University, Saturday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. 

Employing what he dubs “hard funny,” Titus has released seven 90-minute comedy albums in as many years. Six of his comedy specials are currently running on Comedy Central, while a seventh (“Born With a Defect”) debuted last year.

Titus’s eponymously titled Fox series (2000-2002) brought him praise from Newsday (“TV’s most original comic voice since Seinfeld”) as well as nominations for Emmy and Writers Guild awards.

“Amerigeddon,” Titus’s eighth comedy special, was written during the charged 2016 Presidential election, when Titus decided that his next show should be a comic unifier.

“This show has taken the most time to write of any show I’ve ever done,” Titus told me during a phone interview. He also spent some time talking about a recent film project.

His new movie “Special Unit” is the culmination of a 10-year quest to make a movie starring disabled actors and comedians. Originally designed as a Comedy Central series back in 2006 (starring Titus and Bryan Cranston – later of “Breaking Bad”), the movie was “a labor of love and a promise,” according to Titus.

Named Best Comedy at the March 2017 Los Angeles Film Awards, “Special Unit” is available on Amazon, Google and AppleTV.

Titus was sleeping last week when I called (8:00 a.m. LA time), but he was ready to roll for this interview.

TME: “Amerigeddon” has racked up some great reviews. How has the tour been going and what made you decide to do a political comedy show this time out?

Titus: It’s going great – standing ovations at every show. A solider came up to me after the show last Friday night. He said “I’ve got to be honest. I didn’t agree with all of it, but I understand every word of it. Thanks man.” That meant a lot.

The first thing you do as a comic is you write what you see going on. The crazy election was going on at the time, so I started writing these jokes and it was very anti-Trump. It made some people mad. Some of them heckled. I did the show in Alabama and I felt it wasn’t doing what I strive to do with my comedy. So I kept writing and I came up with the reason for the show – to unite the country.

Talking about politics today is like trying to organize an interracial hoedown in 1840. “Amerigeddon” was the hardest show to write of any show I’ve done.

TME: I feel like half of my friends hate the other half because of politics. If they all come to your show, can you bring them together? 

Titus: Yes I can. Half of my family is conservative. My Uncle Dennis is a former Navy Seal. We don’t agree at all politically, but we get along. He was a major inspiration for this show.

My job as a comic is to make sure everybody is included. There’s some Hillary material in this show. I also do one Obama joke which freaks liberals out just for a second. I have to stop and say “Guys, it’s ‘we’ the people, not ‘us’ and ‘them.’ I know he’s black Jesus but we can do one Obama joke. Everybody relax.”

TME: What would you like the audience to take home with them after seeing your show at the Gracie Theatre?  

Titus: Number one – laugh their asses off. The other side is, I wrote this bit that I call “We, They, Them.” They want to run things. All “they” want is power and money. “They” keep “we” fighting. “They” make us Democrats and Republicans.

If we could just stay “we” when they’re trying to take our taxes and our healthcare, and show up in Washington wearing red baseball caps and pink p***y hats together – we don’t have to agree but we do have to get along – (assumes southern accent) “How ya doin’? I love lavender potpourri, and I ain’t lyin’.” (Assumes northern accent) “And I don’t think meat is murder unless you eat people.”

If “we” could be those people, “they” won’t be able to win. I think we need to wake up to the fact that we’ve stopped being Americans. We’ve lost our way and that’s been a problem throughout history. Right now I’d give my yakuza pinky for Mitt Romney.

(Tickets for Christopher Titus’s “Amerigeddon” on Saturday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre, are available only online at www.GracieTheatre.com and at www.ChristopherTitus.com.)

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