Best Comedy (2009)

The Lion, the Witch, and the War Hero: Or Is McCain Able?

The campaign leading up to the 2008 presidential election seems a dim memory now, with the months of Hillary versus Obama, the sight of Dubya fading into irrelevance, and the dawning sense that things were getting worse. In the thick of it all, the Brave New Workshop staged a cutting, acerbic take, with a six-member cast pulling into focus a string of sketches that left audiences revved up and pissed off (rather than deflated and hopeless, which seemed a reasonable option at the time). The best line of the night, about U.S. monetary policy, of all things: It was like "curing syphilis with AIDS."


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