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Prom­i­nent lib­er­als take their lumps, too

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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.

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