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The land of abstinence and unicorns

Lizz Winstead stands up for Planned Parenthood

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Mindy Tucker


Lizz Winstead
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14
The Abbey Orlando

Lizz Winstead is hilariously pissed off. When we reached The Daily Show co-creator and Air America radio network co-founder by phone, she was percolating over an article she had just read about Sarah Palin and how women should be happy that the non-nominee in this year’s presidential stakes had educated an entire gender in the art of self-promotion. “It’s so gross. I can’t even believe that some woman thought this was a good idea, that self-promotion is above all else, and if you’re not doing that, that’s basically: we should all take a page,” she says. “Oh my God, it’s so crazy.”

Winstead, who is crazy funny, brings her “Planned Parenthood, I’m Here for You!” one-woman comedy conversation to Orlando this week. It’s part of a fundraising jag for the organization that she was inspired to undertake after getting fed up with the fact that, despite a recessionary crisis, Republicans have continued to hammer down on reproductive freedom and other social issues. Last month, U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, called for an audit of Planned Parenthood’s finances. Just last week, Florida Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, introduced an omnibus anti-choice bill picking up the pieces from this year’s record 18 abortion challenges in the legislature. Winstead, who says she is thrilled at the prospect of visiting Orlando’s own The Holy Land Experience, couldn’t have picked a better state to laugh at ... and laugh with.

Orlando Weekly: I’m trying to imagine this as a sort of old-time USO extravaganza for the soldiers in a hidden war. What artillery will you be bringing to Orlando?

Lizz Winstead: It is a hidden war. Well, I’m hopefully going to bring some catharsis to the crazy world that we’re all living in. I’m actually surprised when I look into my audiences that I don’t just see a bunch of purple bruises on foreheads from people bashing their heads against their desks after reading what’s out there. So, I will do my standup show. I’ll be talking about all of the current things that are going on in the news, from soup to nuts: from the GOP candidates, to the assault on reproductive health, to the darling [Florida Gov.] Rick Scott. All the drug addicts who are going on welfare and the voter suppression – you guys have so much going with him that I’m going to have to make sure I get to the other stuff.

After I do my standup, I read an essay from my upcoming book that talks about my relationship with Planned Parenthood and why it meant so much to me and how they really helped me out in a time that was very important to me. [Winstead is saving the details of that relationship for the show.]

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