The Hippo


May 27, 2020








Sarah Silverman hosts From V to Shining V. Courtesy photo.

From V To Shining V with host Sarah Silverman

When: Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.
Where: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 2 Institute Dr., Concord
Tickets: $25 ($100/VIP Meet & Greet) at

Silverman returns
Celebrating women and Lady Parts at V to Shining V

By Michael Witthaus

 Funny, political and informative — few people strike that balance with the skill of Lizz Winstead. She co-created The Daily Show, which boasts Jon Stewart’s engaging snark and a very news-savvy audience. Winstead also founded the short-lived talk radio network Air America. The progressive outlet was at its best when hosts like Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo and future senator Al Franken played the issues for laughs.

The comedienne and blogger is taking a similar approach with Lady Parts Justice, an advocacy organization spotlighting what she sees as an alarming rise of legislation impacting women’s health, most of it at the state government level. 
“There are so many clowns and dishonest brokers … making up stuff about healthcare, we thought, let’s be funny about it,” Winstead said in a recent phone interview. “Let’s bring in some great comics and comedy writers, and let’s create a website environment that has a Funny or Die feel but then also some really useful information and things that you can actually do about it.” launched in July, featuring videos like $0.77 On The Dollar Cab, with a taxi driver sharing scary facts about Florida’s new laws with her fares. Another has Sarah Silverman and Jesus chatting about reproductive rights while watching an NCIS marathon. 
“What’s crazy is now that I know Jesus, he is such a DiNozzo,” Silverman says in the video. 
Though stuff like the latter skit is bound to raise hackles, Winstead is unfazed. 
“They’re going to demonize you across the board anyway,” she said. “Sarah gets so much hate for different reasons, for being a woman, for being Jewish, for being a feminist, for being a comedian. You’re just gonna get it anyway.”  
So Winstead soldiers on with an effort that began during the 2012 elections. 
“A mini-tour of six states has turned into … I’m doing my 46th next week,” she said. 
The organization has mushroomed as well, with chapters in every state. 
On Sept. 27, Lady Parts Justice will hold a national celebration of women dubbed From V To Shining V. Native  Silverman will host a New Hampshire event at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. Also appearing are  musician Ted Leo and comedians Leah Bonnema and Benari Poulten.
Winstead is pleased about the venue, named after the first female astronaut. 
“We just love the idea that it’s a space and science museum, that is such a good message for women,” she said. “I love that Sarah and Ted are going to be performing in front of that great big window with the space shuttle; it’s going to be great.”
The Granite State event is one of a few really big ones, but Winstead is energized by the many neighborhood gatherings scheduled. 
“A house party with friends creates an atmosphere where you can learn about these laws and look at what’s going on in your state,” she said. “It reminds people there’s an election every November  … as Elizabeth Warren said, if you’re not at the table, you’re usually on the menu.”
Keeping activism festive is also important. 
“If you feel good and feel a bit of outrage, you do get a little more motivated to step up and do something because you don’t feel so downtrodden,” said Winstead. “When you’re in a group of people and you’re laughing, you look around and go, ‘Wait, all those people think like I do!’ This is an energy that can be harnessed.”
Winstead sums it up by evoking a female rabble-rouser from the last century. 
“Emma Goldman said, ‘It’s not a good revolution if you can’t dance to it.’ I say your revolution is crappy if you can’t laugh and dance to it.” 
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