Stand-Up Comic Mort Sahl Performs at the Palace Danbury Theatre Tonight

Legendary stand-up comedian, Mort Sahl, is coming to Danbury's historic Palace Theatre for an exclusive Connecticut performance tonight, August 23rd at 8pm.

Before there was Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, there was the political comedy of Mort Sahl. Regarded by many as the godfather of modern political humor, Sahl changed the course of stand-up comedy.

Sahl began performing at the hungry i music club in San Francisco in the early 1950s, quickly rising to celebrity status. He differed from other comedians, appearing in casual clothing rather than a suit. He carried a rolled newspaper--his trademark prop, looking to the day's headlines for his routines instead of relying on one-liners.

Sahl dared to do political humor while everyone else was telling mother-in-law jokes. Combining political awareness and fearless criticism of the government, he satirized politicians from both the Democrat and Republican parties.

Sahl's list of firsts is quite impressive. He was the first comic to appear on the cover of Time Magazine, the first comic to make a comedy album, the first comedian to perform on college campuses, and the first comic to speak at the National Press Club. He was the first non-musician to win a Grammy award and he emceed the very first Grammy Awards show in 1959. He has been under contract at every major television network, and as a writer Mort is credited with 18 screenplays.

Mort Sahl's career spans sixty years and eleven presidents. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see this iconic performer share his incisive comedy, commentary and stories followed by a Q& A session.

"Mort Sahl: An Evening with a Comedy Legend" will be presented by the historic Palace Danbury Theatre on Saturday, August 23rd at 8pm. Tickets are $35-$50 and may be purchased by phone 203 794-9944, online or in person at the Palace box office starting one hour before show time. The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main Street, in downtown Danbury, Connecticut. Free parking for patrons is readily available in the theatre's parking lot behind the building.

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