Prominent liberals take their lumps, too
But Limbaugh isn’t the only one who gets pounded. Prominent liberals take heat, too.
On an afternoon in Second City’s intimate e.t.c. theater, where “Rush” will debut, director Matt Hovde steers his actors through still-rough musical portions as choreographer Lisa McQueen tweaks stage moves and Shanoff gives guidance from the keyboard of a black grand.
“We’re f---ed and we’re losers, we don’t have a clue. Al Gore lost his home state, which is real hard to do,” cast members sing in “Democrats Are F---ed.” The number features Hillary Clinton and Barney Frank as, in Shanoff’s words, “whiny little bitches.”
Whether Limbaugh mavens will turn out for this latest bit of lampooning is anyone’s guess. Some already are wary.
“Best to portray Rush with a modicum of respect, if you’ve got it in you,” commented a reader of Sutton’s blog (rushthemusical. blogspot.com). Remarked another, “I sincerely doubt that your craptastic stage show will be anything but a way for you liberal elites to mock Rush and his ‘tea bagger’ following while completely forgetting to balance it out with some anti-left sentiment.”
Furman insists, however, that even Limbaugh fans will find lots to like.
“Rush has 13 million listeners. [Some estimates are higher.] It wouldn’t be a busi- ness-savvy move to alienate 13 million potential audience members.”
Second City is a for-profit outfit, after all, and the bottom line matters. So do laughs.
“More than just wanting to skewer someone on the other side, [Limbaugh’s] such a fascinating and divisive figure,” Shanoff says. “What’s more right for comedy than that?”
Mark Sutton, who plays the title role in “Rush Limbaugh! The Musical,” has been razzed on his blog by fans of the host.