Pop Quiz: Why would you want to listen to Lizz Winstead, anyway?
(Choose your answer.)
A: Because she’s funny.
B: Because she’s more famous than you’ll ever be.
C: Because she’s caused an uproarious tidal wave in political thought and the media culture.
D: All of the above.
The truth is, they’re all right, even though (matters of comedy and good taste being both subjective and relative) there isn’t one right answer when it comes to the Minnesota native who’s made it big in the world of politics and comedy (both, to be sure, housed in the same creaky abode).
Winstead, who’s headlined more comedy clubs and specials than can be efficiently counted, is perhaps best known for being the co-creator of “The Daily Show,” and sharing a mic with Rachel Maddow on Air America Radio’s “Unfiltered.”
Don’t expect her 2015 year in review, cleverly entitled “Lizz Miserables,” playing The Cedar at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31, to be anything less than unfiltered, either. Not if her past reviews are any indication of what you’ll see at the Minneapolis hot spot. Her personal views, pungent comedy, and scalpel-sharp skewering of those in the public eye is raunchy, riotously funny, and not for those under faint-of-heart or younger than springtime. This is comedy best cured, if not curdled.
No stranger to controversy, Winstead has run head-to-head with Craig Kilborn, and felt the backlash from the Twitter universe when her less-than-proper jokes cut a little too close to the public’s collective jugular.
Maybe she’s learned there’s safety in numbers; this time she won’t be alone. Frank Conniff (of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame) and local luminary of the music scene, Sam Breckenridge, will be joining her at The Cedar. But, as you may have already guessed, most folks take a back seat to Winstead, especially when she’s not only billed above the title, but in the title, as well.
There may not be a better way to see in the New Year than looking back at the old one, throwing a few less-than-sanitary jokes at it, and laughing your backside off when they boomerang back and hit you in the face. That satisfaction, as they say, is guaranteed.
(But, if not, you won’t get your money back.)