Thursday, December 23, 2010

Patt Morrison for Friday, 12/24/2010 - HOLIDAY SHOW - ON TAPE


Friday, December 24, 2010

1-3 p.m.




1:00 – 1:40

Comedy Congress swears in Lewis Black

The only true medicine for the pain of politics is laughter-after all, if we werent laughing at the (mostly) unintentional humor emanating from Washington D.C. and the campaign trail, chances are wed be crying.  On the eve of the much-anticipated midterm elections--and you can tell because the collective hysteria and volume from politicians across the country is on the rise--Patt gavels Comedy Congress to order with comedic great Lewis Black.  As politicians hand out Viagra to trick-or-treating pedophiles and Aqua Buddhas find a seat at the debate, it's hard to make sense of all the political nonsense. Tomorrow well probably cry about our lost votes, but today let's revel in the madness-the truth hurts far less when its told by comedians.



Lewis Black, Emmy-nominated comedian, playwright and author. His new book is "I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas."

  • Black is the creator of the long-running segment Back in Black on "The Daily Show" co-creator of "Last Laugh with Lewis Black," he presides over "Lewis Blacks the Root of All Evil," he's also a regular on late-night television shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brian and has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.


1:40 – 2:00

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons:  Tales of redemption from an Irish mailbox

It’s probably happened to many people with hyperactive mothers—you’re reorganizing the attic, moving houses or just poking around through old stuff and you come across a box full of letters, ticket stubs and other keepsakes collected over the years commemorating the good, bad and ugly of you life.  Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons came across just such a box, or boxes in his case, which contained disciplinary letters, incident reports and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers & school officials.  In his book “Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons” Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his career.  Just in time for Thanksgiving, where the best and worst of childhood memories are dragged across the dinner table, Greg & his mother share the trials and tribulations of being in a family without losing your sanity.



Greg Fitzsimmons, comedian, writer, actor, radio host and author of “Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons:  Tales of redemption from an Irish mailbox”


Pat Fitzsimmons, Greg’s mom


2:00 – 3:00

Beck and Baca - Law and Order in the Southland ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

One of the largest cities in the nation sits within one of the most populous counties – welcome to sunny Los Angeles. With an area of 4,060 square miles, a population of 10,441,100 people who speak 224 different languages and 400 different known gangs, Los Angeles is a lot to handle for a resident, let alone the people running the organizations that keep the peace. Imagine you’re LAPD Chief Beck or L.A. County Sheriff Baca and you’re in charge of law and order in this multi-cultural stew, with dwindling budgets and increasing demands on your force. How do you balance the day to day demands of catching criminals and tracking transgressors, crime prevention, anti-gang activities, working with other agencies to secure homeland security as well as community outreach? Patt Morrison gets an inside view of law and order in the Southland with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and LA County Sheriff Lee Baca.



LAPD Chief Charlie Beck

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca


Special appearance by The Bricks - L.A.’s new multi-cultural group of young musicians who get out their message for at-risk youth through rock, hip-hip and soul.


The Bricks youth musical group was developed through the L.A. County Human Relations Commission’s youth music and mentoring program, Project One. The eight-member band, ages 17-19, is supported by the HRC and Grammy Award-winning producers KC Porter (Santana, Ricky Martin, Ozomatli, Selena) and JB Eckl (Santana, Ozomatli, En Vogue, War), and BMI Music’s Malik Levy, among others.

Fidel Rodriguez, Senior Intergroup Relations and Racialized Gang Violence Prevention Specialist LA County Commission on Human Relations, is the band’s leader and mentor.


The program was taped on Wednesday evening, December 8th, in the Crawford Family Forum.






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