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Jamie Kilstein's Progressive Rant Rock at Tropicalia
Washington, DC
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Jamie Kilstein's Progressive Rant Rock at Tropicalia
Progressive rant rock. This is Jamie's last small solo tour before his new album is released and he goes on tour with the full band. These will be intimate shows with hanging afterwords as a thank you to the fans that have been with him since the beginning.

After his last sold out tour Jamie Kilstein wanted to do something different and is bringing his decades of playing music and his infamous rants and fusing them together for the first time to prepare for his first DVD special to be taped in the fall. He's been seen on Conan, is a regular on MSNBC, as been featured on FX, Showtime, CNN and many shows around the world.

He co-hosts Citizen Radio, which has been praised by Janeane Garofalo, Noam Chomsky, Adam Savage and Robin Williams. He and his co-host were named by The Nation Magazine as top "media heroes". Most importantly Glenn Beck has called him a "doofus" and "goofball".

He was been a Timeout Chicago, Sydney, New York and London's Critics Pick. He has played the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House. His first book #Newsfail was just released from Simon and Schuster. Before that he lived out of his car and dropped out of high school. Take that, life!

"Jamie Kilstein is amazing and I will be spreading the word. He has the spark that energized my conscience. We need more comedians kicking it hard the way he does every night" - Robin Williams

"Watching Jamie reminds me of why I got into comedy. It is like watching a combination of George Carlin and Bill Hicks"  Janeane Garofalo

Jamie Kilstein is at once irresistibly endearing and wonderfully audacious. Watching his work is like going to cuddle a puppy and having it hump your leg. But funnier. - Tim Minchin

"Jamie KIlstein mixes music and rants to produce politically charged songs that  echo the likes of Joe Strummer and Bill Hicks" - The Skinny UK

"     Politically engaged humourThe delivery is passionate, fast-paced and, when he uses notes for absolute precision, almost poetic."  Bruce Dessau, The Standard UK

"      Kilstein, is to me eerily reminiscent of Bill Hicks and not in the sense of an astute impersonation but as if we are witness to some sort of Second Coming. Eloquent intelligence, razor-sharp wit and unconventionally convincing arguments. Kilstein is a special talent and one that I feel privileged for having seen at this early stage of his career."  Broadway Baby

"     This is beautifully, intelligently crafted stuff. Kilstein is possibly the most impressive writer/performer, I have seen  his set is so well written it could have a life apart from him and still be brilliant. Performed by him gives it an added oomph, but I have not been so aware of the writing quality of a comedy set this year."  Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

"     In this brisk, fluid hour he's sharp, sarcastic and engaging, fearless in niggling his targets and knows how to write a joke to back up his incredulous indignationas funny as it is audacious."  Chortle

"      Kilstein's savage intelligence and razor-sharp wit will make you think as much as laughDamned funny. Working in the same sort of education-by-comedy mould of the likes of Bill Hicks and David Cross"  Andrew P Street, Time Out Sydney

It might make his hero Bill Hicks spin in the grave, but Jamie Kilstein is not afraid to stick a cat story into a 70-minute touring show."  Brian Donaldson, The Scotsman

"Jamie Kilstein is a comedian  and there is no arguing with the fact that he is blisteringly funny. Charmingly frenetic, urgent and unquestionably earnest, Kilstein is a searingly entertaining spectacle."  GiggleBeats

"There are few truly insightful, passionate and hysterically funny political comedians around, and even fewer coming out of the States. New Yorker Jamie Kilstein is a shining light probing into the murkier corners of the religious right and corrupt politics of his homeland. Funny and penetrating, he's taken Bill Hicks' baton and run with it."  Time out London

"Jamie Kilstein is not the kind of comic who will sit back and make jokes about a subject when he could get actively involved.. So, rather than simply wisecracking about the rightwing bias of Big Media, he set up his own left-leaning news and comedy show, Citizen Radio  almost certainly the only podcast in the world to give Sarah Silverman and Noam Chomsky equal airtime. " The Guardian

"If you liked Bill Hicks If you think comedy should be about something more than just froth and banter If you want to hear someone standing-up for freedom of speech and smacking religious bigotry and political stupidity squarely in the face then this hugely talented American is the guy for you."  Time Out Critics' Choice

"Jamie Kilstein kills. His show is the kind you walk away from feeling a sense of euphoria.Kilstein dissects the racism, sexism and homophobia prevalent in today's society with unrelenting ease, somehow still providing a laugh a minute. My festival favourite so far. Impeccably crafted, his show ends on an impassioned note earning him mad applause that didn't stop once he'd left the room. Engaging, insightful and nothing short of brilliant."  The Pun, Melbourne

"Not many have the power to mingle didactism and socio-political awareness with killer jokes and the word 'fuck', but comedic preacher-man Jamie Kilstein is one of the chosen few. He's like a Bill Hicks that you wouldn't mind taking home to meet your mum and he could probably teach your conservative stick-in-the-mud dad a thing or two about the world, as well."  Drum Media Sydney

"Sharp, unafraid and eloquent"  Sydney Morning Herald 'Hot Pick'

"Searingly funny, highly intelligent and courageously irreverent"  The Daily Telegraph

"Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny are a modern day social justice, non-violent, vegan, punk, anti-war, feminist Bonnie and Clyde. Their weapons are simple: the pen, the airwaves, and a searing sense of humor. Their targets are the rich, the powerful, corporate media barons and basically any major league assholes." (Jeremy Scahill, Academy Award nominee and author of Blackwater and Dirty Wars)

"Jamie Kilstein is a doofus." -Glenn Beck

"Like an underground Daily Show affiliate with more swearing, less civility, and zero budget, the daily political-comedy talk show Citizen Radio addresses the news of the day with a side-eyed glance at what, how, and why news is reported  For those who view mainstream news and think, 'That can't be right, and surely someone has something funny and insightful to say about it before  11 p.m. ET,' Citizen Radio is a must." - The Onion's A/V Club

"Hilarious and scathing" - Rolling Stone Magazine

"Comedy and music have always been instrumental in distilling the essence of political debate and social issues. In a time where artists and comedians too often shy away from that legacy, Citizen Radio is a rare gem of reason and thought-provoking dialogue. Jamie and Allison are intelligent and unapologetic agitators in a world that needs some shaking up, and I, for one, am grateful for that"  Tim McIlrath, Rise Against, lead singer


2001 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States


Comedy > Stand Up

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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