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Watertiger and the Rude Pundit – Book Salon Preview

Saturday, April 9, 2011 5:00pm ET.

The Rude Pundit’s Almanack

Come laugh with Lee Papa (The Rude Pundit) and  watertiger.

“A tornado of a writer…a child of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Hunter S. Thompson.”
—Margo Jefferson in The New York Times


The antidote to the right-wing loonies crowding the blogosphere, the Rude Pundit steps forth to defend the right not to bear arms, to be sexually suspect, to be broke and disappointed—and to make fun of Republicans all the time.

From opening essay “Hopey-Changy Stuff”—a rueful disquisition on the lost promise of the Obama Administration—to detailed, hilarious, and sadly accurate portraits of leading GOP presidential candidates, THE RUDE PUNDIT’S ALMANACK is the essential field guide to the current political climate. Sure, there are takedowns of the usual suspects—Sarah, Mitt, Glenn and Dick—but the Rude Pundit has a long memory, and so Golden Oldies like Ollie North and Newt Gingrich are also pilloried. And it is packed with indispensable information—the five times Ann Coulter has called for people to die or gone on record to mock the dead; “Founding Fathers Fun Time”; poems, charts, footnotes, scary pictures, screenplays, and much, much more. (Watch the Rude book trailer here.)


Born in Queens, N.Y., raised in the swamps of Louisiana’s Cajun country, Lee Papa is the fearless, plainspoken political blogger known as “the Rude Pundit” ( His tens of thousands of weekly readers make him one of the best-read, most-reviled bloggers out there. A regular recipient of death threats and guest on the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Stephanie Miller Show,” his first one-man performance piece, 2005’s “The Rude Pundit in The Year of Living Rudely,” played to sold-out audiences at the New York International Fringe Festival. In her review, Margo Jefferson of The New York Times called Papa “a tornado of a writer” and “a child of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Hunter S. Thompson.” The show sold out before it opened, and Jefferson wrote that Papa’s readers are “the kinds of shrewd, passionate fans mainstream theaters would kill to attract.”

Guaranteed non-plagiarized. Footnotes included.

Lee Papa performed his second show, “The Road to Rude,” to sold-out audiences at the High Performance Rodeo at the One Yellow Rabbit Theatre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in January 2007. He has also performed in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Papa is a professor of English at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. His book Staged Action: Plays from the American Workers’ Theatre, was published by Cornell University’s ILR Press in May 2009. (OR Books)

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