The Election Wasn’t The ‘Gladys Knight’ In American History, And 49 Other Powerful Lady Puns

by Aoife Riach

In the wake of the election, we’re searching for any sliver of a silver lining we can find, and Pun Champion Sam Corbin has seriously delivered with her “50 Powerful Lady Puns (in 120 seconds).” The spoken word piece is an anti-Trump tirade that works in the names of 50 awesome ladies from Meryl Streep to Malala Yousafzai and Shirley Chisholm to Sojourner Truth. Corbin is a writer and performer based in Brooklyn, and several-time winner of Punderdome 3000, ‘New York’s most puntastic’ monthly competition. Her piece, co-written with Ally Spier, is a call to action addressed to artists, urging them to ‘Toklas about making the art and actually make it.”

With gems like “You have a right to be Madonna basic level” and “Our democracy may feel Beyoncé-ving right now,” Sam and Ally have created a powerful and hilarious piece of performance art for the resistance. Some of the more clever puns aren’t obvious until you hear them out loud, like “Andrea Dworkin the morning,” so definitely give it a watch to get the full effect. Sam and Ally’s rallying cry is sure to give you a giggle, if not an encouraging boost to keep resisting and making art in the Trump’s America because “this presidency is gonna be the most Gloria Steinem to make some radical fucking art”.

 Photo via YouTube

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