To See or Not To See
*Note: This is an article that I wrote in February of 2012 & had originally published it on a now outdated website of mine.
Well, Punxsutawney Phil and his friends seem to be in a bit of a trifle dissensus concerning the prolonging of this years winter. While Phil may have awoke to see his shadow this morning, many of his friends across the North American continent, did not. From Staten Island Chuck to Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and Ontario’s Wiarton Willie, the predictions are unanimous, “Hello, Spring!”
So, could Phil be wrong? Given the fact that it actually is a grey, obscure sort of day, yes, he may have been off his game today. But that’s okay. Meteorologists are wrong all the time. Skin or fur, nobody is perfect.
Perhaps the more important question is why there is an entire day devoted to these supposed rodent weather experts? The real reason the males emerge from their holes in February is not to predict the weather, but to find a mate, instead. See, mankind are not the only ones to celebrate love in the second month. *wink*
Fresh off the release of her sixth album, The Weight of These Wings, Miranda Lambert crafts a two-disc collection of stories about picking up the pieces of our broken hearts & finding a way to somehow making them feel whole again. Tin Man resonates deep from experience. Broken hearts remind us, once again, just how human we are.
ATP: Bike Playlist
Trick or Treat, Lovers?
Valentine’s Day is a cheap trick of a holiday or as comedian Jen Kirkman likes to refer to it as, “…kind of childish.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s just another holiday where everyone feels pressured by marketing executives into keeping up appearances with the status quo, most of which are really just a bunch of meaningless stupid shit, anyway. It’s like high school, but in the real world. Chocolate, flowers, greeting cards, dinner out at fancy restaurants, lingerie, yada-yada-yada. Most of these marketing ploys always end up either giving you a fat ass or being tossed in the garbage. Valentine’s Day is the one day out of the year when people try so ridiculously hard to be so incredibly over-the-top, unnecessarily romantic that more often than not it just looks and feels fake.
“The thing about Valentine’s day is that people discover who are single and who to feel jealous of.” – Faye Morgan
“Why buy flowers for Valentine’s Day? Just go to a cemetery and collect a dozen off a few graves.” – Jarod Kintz
“Then, Valentine’s Day came. There was a dance, and balloons and flowers and cheaply made rings and all sorts of lame teddy bears and stuffed animals, as if teenagers can be wooed with the same shit as five-year-olds. It was the Dietzes’ most hated holiday of the year, too, because it dealt with the consumerization of something sacred. Mom and Dad had agreed never to buy each other anything on the day. It was a false, Hallmark holiday. A sham. A moneymaking sideshow for insecure couples who didn’t have true love…” – A.S. King
Most people around this time of year tend to exaggerate their relationships in public as if they are on the set of some soap opera or reality television show. You know, the ones that consume most of our culture’s attention. The ones where everyone is trying too hard to be the picture perfect couple, but underneath the facade the relationship is, more often than not, shallow and fallacious.
I overhear phrases all the damn time such as: “I’ve got to…” or “I have to…” or “…I don’t want to show up empty handed.“ And every time, I pause and think to myself, ”If it’s really a holiday about celebrating the love we feel for someone, then why would we have to get them anything? If we truly love someone, then wouldn’t we want to show them how much we love them? Do we even know why we are doing all of this shit? Do we really want to waste our money on trivial crap that marketers shove in our faces and say that we need? Are we all just floatin’ downstream with the rest of the perch and bass because it’s a national holiday and it’s the thing we’re supposed to do? Are we even really in love? Or are we all just pretending because everyone else is doing it and we don’t want to feel left out? Peer pressure is not just a high school problem, after all.”
“This is the story of America. Everybody’s doing what they think they’re supposed to do.“ – Jack Kerouac
Every year in my observations, I try and spot the authentic lovers. Think of it kind of like a game of "Where’s Waldo,” but with lovers. Each year, the game increases to another level of difficulty. Valentine’s Day has become a lot like Halloween in a fallacious, deceitful kind of way. It’s scary out there. Everybody wears their costume of love all throughout the day, but by the end of the night most end up shedding their costume and by the next morning nothing is left except their naked soul; the real them feeling empty and alone. Underneath the cloak of love lies emptiness, loneliness, betrayal, and heartache. Valentine’s Day should more aptly be called One-Night-Stands Day because it’s not really a day about love anymore. It’s about lust and everyone wanting to feel loved, even if just for one day.
Truthfully, in accordance with its origin story, Valentine’s Day was a lot like Halloween. It was violent and graphic and gory. There was a massacre. Hearts literally torn and pierced. Blood shed. Secret affairs and marriages. A hero who defied a tyrannical government. So in all actuality, we should celebrate in secret and remembrance.
NEWSFLASH. We don’t need a holiday to be sexy or romantic. We don’t need a nationally-declared day written on the calendar to give permission to or remind us to express our feelings for someone. If the feelings are truly there, they will already be expressed. They can not be hidden or forgotten. Love can’t be hidden or forgotten. Everyday is, can be and should be Valentine’s day, but in a more individualistic sense. The calendar day is different for each pair of lovers. It’s whatever day(s) is special between you and the one you love.
My challenge for everyone is that we evaluate our relationships this year by asking ourselves these questions. Do I want to get this person a present? Do I want to show them how much I care about them? If the desire to give and show isn’t genuinely there, then maybe we don’t really care about them as much as we thought. Maybe we shouldn’t waste our time, or their’s, in a relationship that has maybe already run it’s course.
“Let’s forgive someone for Valentines day, it’s a great way to show love, and forgive yourself too for the hurt you held onto.” – Jay Woodman
Boycott the trite and conventional Valentine’s Day. Celebrate genuinely. Love authentically.
Favourites of 2015
#59: Multi-Love – Unknown Mortal Orchestra [Multi-Love]
#58: Puzzles – Unknown Mortal Orchestra [Multi-Love]
#57: Borders – M.I.A. [Borders - Single]
#56: The Woods (Ghosts Remix) – Hollow Coves [The Woods (Ghosts Remix - Single]
#55: Let Me Down Easy – Sheppard [Bombs Away]
#54: 6PM In New York – Drake [If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late]
#53: Can’t Keep Checking My Phone – Unknown Mortal Orchestra [Multi-Love]
#52: Them Changes – Thundercat [The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam]
#51: Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo) – EL VY
#50: Yes I’m Changing – Tame Impala [Currents]
#49: Can’t Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C) – Santigold [Can’t Get Enough of Myself - Single]
#48: Outta My Mind – The Arcs [Yours, Dreamily,]
#47: Summer Breaking (feat. Kevin Parker) – Mark Ronson [Uptown Special]
#46: Breathe In. Breathe Out – Hilary Duff [Breathe In. Breathe Out.]
#45: Leaving LA – Tobias Jesso Jr. [Goon]
#44: Breathing Underwater – Hiatus Kaiyote [Choose Your Weapon]
#43: Sunshine on My Back – The National [Sunshine on My Back - Single]
#42: Hot Scary Summer – Villagers [Darling Arithmetic]
#41: Hollywood – Tobias Jesso Jr. [Goon]
#40: Bored In The USA – Father John Misty [I Love You, Honeybear]
#39: Put a Flower in Your Pocket – The Arcs [Yours, Dreamily,]
#38: Moony Eyed Walrus – Cayucas [Dancing at the Blue Lagoon]
#37: Philomena – The Decemberists [What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World]
#36: Lick My Lips – Katharine McPhee [Hysteria]
#35: High By The Beach – Lana Del Rey [Honeymoon]
#34: Northern Highway – Martin Courtney [Many Moons]
#33: Makeshift Love – Good Charlotte [Makeshift Love - Single]
#32: Definition of Love – Shay-Jean [Definition of Love - Single]
#31: Huarache Lights – Hot Chip [Why Make Sense?]
#30: The Things I Regret – Brandi Carlile [The Firewatcher’s Daughter]
#29: Lisa Sawyer – Leon Bridges [Coming Home]
#28: Leaving Los Feliz (feat. Kevin Parker) – Mark Ronson [Uptown Special]
#27: Beatnik Walking – Richard Thompson [Still]
#26: Mystery – Boxed In [Boxed In]
#25: Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) – Father John Misty [I Love You, Honeybear]
#24: Make Up Your Mind – Florence + The Machine [How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful]
#23: Only One – Katharine McPhee [Hysteria]
#22: Blackstar – David Bowie [Blackstar - Single]
#21: Black Sun – Death Cab for Cutie [Kintsugi]
#20: Orca – Until The Ribbon Breaks [A Lesson Unlearnt]
#19: Cold Stares (feat.Chance The Rapper) – Nosaj Thing [Fated]
#18: The Party Line – Belle & Sebastian [Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance]
#17: Bad Place For A Good Time – Kate Tempest [Bad Place For A Good Time - Single]
#16: Scarecrows – Luke Bryan [Kill the Lights]
#15: Big Decisions – My Morning Jacket [The Waterfall]
#14: Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett [Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit]
#13: Little Ballerina (feat. Rufus Wainwright) – Emile Haynie [We Fall]
#12: Energy – Drake [If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late]
#11: Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes [Sound & Color]
#10: Dark Night – Hot Chip [Why Make Sense?]
#9: Shadow on the Wall – Ruby Amanfu [Standing Still]
#8: Stranger Than Fiction – Katharine McPhee [Hysteria]
#7: What Kind Of Man – Florence + The Machine [How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful]
#6: What You Don’t Do – Lianne La Havas [Blood]
#5: Hard Time – Seinabo Sey [For Madeleine - EP]
#4: California Nights – Best Coast [California Nights]
#3: Let It Go – James Bay [Chaos And The Calm]
#2: Fool for a Pretty Face – Genya Ravan [Fool for a Pretty Face - Single]
#1: Loud Places – Jamie XX (feat. Romy) [In Colour]
Song Of The Day:
Valley Winter Song by Fountains Of Wayne
Word Of The Year
A few other words that made the OED’s shortlist this year were: Ad Blocker, Dark Web, On fleek & Lumbersexual.
Additionally, The Collins Dictionary has declared their ‘Word of the Year’ to be Binge-watch. Thank you, Netflix. Also, Dictionary.com has named Identity as their ‘Word of the Year’.
My ‘Word of the Year’ would be: Snafu as well as the words: Ubiquitious, Guffaw & Self-Preservation being amongst the top five.
So, what would your ‘Word of the Year’ be? Send me tweet @Abigailb18 using the hashtag #WordoftheYear. I’d love to see your selections!
Happy Slapsgiving, Everyone!
Definitive Guide of How Not To Interview
I was just thinking – that’s what I do when I travel. And read. One of my favorite things to read is interviews with any kind of public figure. When I read Vanity Fair I immediately turn to the Proust Questionnaire on the back page before I get to the smart-y pants journalism. One thing I can’t stand- I’m sure you’re with me – is when you buy a magazine with your favorite so-and-so on the cover and can’t wait to dig in and you get…fluff. The same old recycled PR. The same old “everything in a positive light.” I fall for it because every once in a while I read a really intimate, thoughtful interview with someone and so I’ll always take my chances.
I do understand that celebrities have an image to protect – that image sells their movie tickets and albums and as stupid as it sounds to you and me – there are people out there that would be REVOLTED to learn that maybe Julia Roberts isn’t the nicest person on earth full of light and love or that [insert name here rhymes with Ba-volta] isn’t straight and isn’t going to strut to their house in bell-bottoms and twirl them on the dance floor – thus those people will stop supporting the celebrity. Also, celebrities have publicists – people who sit with them during interviews and make sure they do not get too personal, misquoted, or start to trust the journalist too much. It’s not always the interviewer’s fault.
Which leads me to what I’m writing about here. I do press – way less high profile – but all the time. At least fifty times a year all over the country and some of the world. And I get asked the same questions OVER and OVER and OVER again. I have a publicist. The kind that gets me press. Not the kind that watches over me like an overlord making sure I say the right thing. I have nothing to protect. As a comedian and a not-celebrity one, not much is at stake if I say an outrageous thing or give a crazy opinion or let someone in too deep. And yet – NO ONE takes advantage of this. I mean, I want people to have boundaries. Obviously let’s be polite and not ask people crazy, personal questions that could harm others but…. you get the idea.
In the interest of this not sounding like an ungrateful complaint – I put it to you this way. You, busy person who has a lot to read, don’t you want to read something interesting when you read a press article? Do you really care how I got started in comedy? If I’m really drunk on Drunk History? When I realized I was funny? Who cares? Don’t you want to know something about me? Or a person?
When I do press – usually the person interviewing me has a few weeks lead-time. And I get the same questions. Why go into a cool profession where you get to talk to performers and people with something to say or maybe just people who say normal things but in a funny way and then—-just throw it away with boring crap?
WHAT NOT TO ASK COMEDIANS (SPECIFICALLY JEN KIRKMAN) ANYMORE AND WHY GUIDE
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN COMEDY?
Unless this is someone’s first interview, the answer is out there. It’s on Wikipedia and I’ve talked about it on my podcast and I’ve answered it in hundreds of interviews all available online. Oh, and I wrote about it in my book that came out in 2013. If you only have ten minutes by phone to talk to someone, why waste two of them with this boring question? The answers are always the same. “I started doing open mics.” There are no other starts. No answer will ever be as interesting as the plot of E.T. But also, it disengages your subject right away. We are on the phone thinking, ‘Did they do no research? This is sort of a waste of time.’ Howard Stern, my favorite interviewer, if you listen to him, will incorporate boring facts IN his question. If you don’t have a research team like Howard, you do have Google and five minutes before you call someone. If you must conduct some background check type interview perhaps you could come armed with that answer and do something like this.
“So, I read that you got your start back in 1997 at the Green Street Grille – a bar in Somerville Massachusetts that Eugene Mirman turned into a comedy night –“
And then ask the question from there.
If you must talk about this maybe it can go something like this, “So, I read that you got your start back in 1997 at the Green Street Grille – a bar in Somerville Massachusetts that Eugene Mirman turned into a comedy night – do you remember anything specific about that night? What outfit did you pick out to wear? Did you have a drink? Did you invite people you knew? What was your expectation going in?”
See how many different nuances and emotions can be evoked doing it that way? We never would have gotten there if you didn’t do your research first and incorporate it in the question.
Some may argue, “No, I KNOW how you got your start but the people reading my newspaper don’t!” Again, incorporate it in your question and also assume the people reading your newspaper don’t give a fuck. It’s not that interesting.
WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING A WOMAN IN COMEDY?
I actually have a request that my publicist sends people when we are setting up interviews – that under no circumstance do they ask me this. Usually they ask anyway and it’s always dudes who want to know. Here’s the answer. What it’s like is we get asked that question a lot. We don’t know what it’s like in one way because we have nothing to compare it too. We haven’t ever been anything else in comedy. Also, there is sexism in the WORLD so really what you are asking is what is it like to be a woman in a sexist society? It sucks. Please help us work towards equality on all levels. There are no stories of people yelling out “women aren’t funny” to me but because there is sexism in the world and I am a woman who is out in the world there ARE realities to being a woman on the road. Pay wage stuff. Cab drivers meant to get me home safe making me feel uncomfortable. Needing extra security. Blah blah.
But why is this question in a ten-minute interview that is supposed to showcase how FUNNY I am in order to sell tickets? It’s a huge topic and very, very nuanced and political – so why…. again WHY do I need to go there when my male peers don’t in their little blurbs? Because whenever I’ve answered the question it’s bit me in the ass. The articles always, ALWAYS become: HEADLINE: JEN KIRKMAN WHO IS AT THE FUN THEATRE THIS WEEK SAYS THERE IS SEXISM IN COMEDY. And then guess what happens to this woman in comedy? I get awful Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, comments from dudes telling me to lighten up, stop being a victim and on and on.
Look. Amongst ourselves women talk about this – and maybe sometimes in a more in-depth interview with another woman if it pertains to her subject. But it’s a fucked question and on it’s face just asking it is a little insensitive of dudes and smells of just not getting it. And I think most interviewers would know not to ask a comic who isn’t white, “So, what’s it like to be a black comic?” You know you wouldn’t do it. Don’t do it to women. We don’t need to constantly be reminded that we are seen as “other.” Just ask me about Donald Trump’s hair or Wolf Blitzer’s beard or something. Let me make a joke. The people reading your paper will laugh. Then they will buy tickets to the show I’m doing as they got a really good idea of my spirit – instead of reading a symposium on sexism.
ARE YOU REALLY DRUNK IN DRUNK HISTORY?
Yes. It’s a reality show. And it’s been around over a decade and on Comedy Central for three seasons. There is so much information out there about this show because hundreds of comedians, celebrities, and it’s creators are out there doing press for the show all of the time. This isn’t a question you need to ask me about. I’ve answered it over a hundred times and I’m always floored to be asked it. That goes for, “How did you get involved?” “Were you good at history?” These questions have been answered.
Maybe another angle could be: Don’t you feel bad for your friends in AA who can’t be on this show? What do you do when you get home from the shoot? What are some behind the scenes things we don’t see on camera that you’ve done? When was the first time you got drunk in real life? Have you ever done something really embarrassing when you were drunk? Have you ever had a drunken hookup? Have you ever regretted anything you’ve said when drunk? Ever been drunk with your parents? Trust me. Those will get you good answers and you can lead into it with, “As a five time narrator for Drunk History – I know you actually get drunk every time on your drink of choice, wine – so tell me about drinking in general….”
Now you’re off and running to an interview where you might get an answer out of me that no one else has!
WHAT IS CHELSEA REALLY LIKE?
Really? What…is my former boss and a bona-fide celebrity really like? You think I’m going to give you some expose and you’ll run an article about ME with a headline about HER? And you want me to what…talk shit? Not gonna happen. Also it’s rude. She’s a person. So the answer stands that she’s really like what people are like. Complex and human. She’s just like you except with more money and fame. And besides my job was about writing for a TV show and getting work done by a certain time for the producers every day. I wasn’t in her face all the time studying her every move, analyzing her private versus public persona. That’s what my mom would do if she had the job. But people who work in these jobs, we’re like nurses. We don’t flinch at blood. We’ve seen it all. Nothing is special or that weird to us and we’re only going to normalize it for you with our boring answers of the reality of writing on a TV show is that you work a lot, have no life and eat lunch at your desk.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW YOU WERE FUNNY?
This is what I call A Limited Question Based on Only The Asker’s Version Of How It Works. It’s like asking a basketball player, “When did you first know you could probably nail a three-pointer?” Who knows? Maybe that’s not how it happened. Funny is hard to define. Is it instinct? Science? Luck? A question that could illicit a funny answer and gets you into the same area:
Did you ever think you were funny but you just weren’t there yet but had no idea? Do you think you made an ass of yourself?
A comedian would rather tell you about the time that she started taking anti-depressants in the 1990’s and thought she had a riveting take on how the side-effects are more depressing than depression. And bombed. Who wants to sit and talk about themselves saying things like, “Well, I always knew I was funny…” Blech. Gross. Also, sometimes people don’t do comedy because they think they’re funny. I know. It’s hard to explain. That’s why that question doesn’t really make sense – except to someone who doesn’t do comedy and didn’t bother to put any effort into his or her interview.
WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
Maybe this is a good question for Keith Richards or people who play music influenced by the blues but it doesn’t quite work that way for comedy. Besides, I thought Gallagher was the funniest comedian when I was young. The first comedy I saw on TV was The Muppet Show and The Carol Burnette Show. Both, I’m sure influenced me, yet I’ve never gone on stage with or as a puppet and I didn’t pursue a career in sketch comedy. So…. I suppose we can talk about what my favorite TV shows are growing up? Or maybe another question could be
What qualities do other comedians have that you admire?
That way I can get into how much I admire my friend’s who stay positive, work hard, know how to travel, take risks on stage, have a good writing ethic, somehow manage to always have new material to work on, etc. A comedian’s influences change all of the time depending on where they are in their career – and unlike music, most comedians can’t quite take from other comics and build on it. It would be too obvious and you’ll just be called a rip-off. It’s another one of those questions that someone who doesn’t do comedy asks – but with an authority that assumes EVERYONE HAS INFLUENCES IN THE LITERAL SENSE JUST GIVE ME A LIST OF NAMES. And now your readers are just reading a list of names. What’s interesting about that?
WHAT IS YOUR ACT ABOUT?
Well, it’s hard to say because I do my act for a living. I don’t do descriptions of my act for a living. I’m assuming you’ve seen it? No? Oh, so you did no research before the interview and would like me to provide another unfunny answer wherein I just describe my act.
Maybe you could watch some and form a hypothesis about what you think my act is about and you could ask a question based on that?
So, Jen, I watched your stand-up special and in it you talk about your personal life but you also have this odd little story about running into a guy who didn’t know what a lime was? Would you say you want your act to be more personal or was that lime story a sign of where you are going in the future? Or do you equally love doing both – the personal and the observational and absurd?
This would spark – I don’t know, a thoughtful answer and perhaps discussion. If anyone wants to know what my act is like they can go to Twitter and learn that I’m some people’s Spirit Animal and other people think I suck. And that’s what can be so interesting about talking to a comedian. You’re usually talking to a hyper self-aware person who while they may not sit around analyzing their own work – they definitely analyze the world around them. And we have a big world full of double rainbows, terrorism, plane crashes, iPhone updates that crash our phones, Steve Jobs movies, love, death, work, bad jobs, good jobs, pants that don’t fit, Climate Change, people still getting mad at sharks for biting them, God, atheism, blood moons, and the possibility of aliens. Why not just TALK to someone about subjects we all think about in the back of our minds? And then your subject comes off interesting and people will want to buy whatever they’re selling – and what comedians are selling are themselves. Help them out. Don’t make them come off boring with your questions about how they knew they were funny. If any comedian tells you they knew they were funny – please title your article, “I Talked To a Pompous Jackass.”
I look forward to doing more press – it’s a part of my job that I actually love. But let’s all try to not bore the readers. Like I just did with this blog.
Research! Research! Research!
Song Of The Day:
Chill In The Air by Amos Lee
Song Of The Weekend:
No One Is Lost by Stars
Hey everyone! My second book comes out April 2016 BUT it’s available for pre-order now! If you pre-order it, it usually doesn’t charge you until it ships but you’ll be sending a message to the little elves that make books that they better start stapling due to high demand!
Available NOW at the following places.
So You Think You Want To Be President?
Genre: Reality/Competition Show/Presidential Election Campaign
Title: So You Think You Want To Be President?
Logline: It’s kind of like So You Think You Can Dance? meets Shark Tank meets NCAA March Madness meets CNN Politics. Watch as 25 candidates travel to 13 cities throughout the United States, making speeches and challenging each other in debates as they vie for our support and ultimately our votes on Election Day, November 8, 2016. It’s an in-your-face political banter type show.
Synopsis: Since today’s society and generations seem to be obsessed with instant popularity, the secret lives of those who are more popular than they are, the consistent documentation of daily, mundane activities and the entertainment programming that caters to all of that, I present to you the 2016 Presidential Election Campaign…Show. In this age of Reality Television, Game & Competition Shows, I fear that these obsessions with instant popularity and faux-reality might soon transude into our politics (if they haven’t already).
From exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage and gaffe reels to live on-stage moments, watch as these twenty-five candidates ride the emotional and bumpy road of life on the campaign trail.
The show only has 18 televised episodes on broadcasted networks for live debates. The rest of the show is more interactive through social media and journalistic news commentary.
Each broadcasted episode will focus on 3 main segments.
- Progression: Commentary on how well each candidates’ campaign is going, where they currently stand in the polls and what they need to do to raise their support and polling numbers.
- Debate: Introduction of the Moderator and Candidates. Moderator presents each topic of discussion and the Candidates give their responses & rebuttals.
- Review: Commentary on how effectively each candidate responded to the discussion topics.
Social media interactive content is ongoing.
- Following your favourite candidates on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for live updates.
- Live-tweeting during debates using trending hashtags.
- Watching exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, gaffe reels, official campaign ads, etc.
- Journalistic commentary on news broadcasts.
- Interactive polls and brackets to fill-in.
25 candidates. 18 Debates. 13 Cities.
Republican - Primary
12 Debates. 11 Cities. 17 Candidates.
- Ted Cruz
- Rand Paul
- Marco Rubio
- Ben Carson
- Carly Florina
- Mike Huckabee
- Rick Santorum
- George Pataki
- Lindsey Graham
- Rick Perry
- Jeb Bush
- Donald Trump
- Bobby Jindal
- Chris Christie
- Scott Walker
- John Kasich
- Jim Gilmore
August 3, 2015 – Manchester, NH
August 6, 2015 – Cleveland, OH
September 16, 2015 – Simi Valley, CA
October 28, 2015 – Boulder, CO
November 2015 – WI
December 15, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV
January 16, 2016 – IA
February 6, 2016 – Manchester, NH
February 13, 2016 – Greenville, SC
February 26, 2016 – TX
March 2016 – TBD
March 10, 2016 – FL
Democrat - Primary
6 Debates. 6 Cities. 8 Candidates.
- Hillary Clinton
- Bernie Sanders
- Martin O'Malley
- Lincoln Chafee
- Jim Webb
- Joe Biden [possible candidate]
- Elizabeth Warren [possible candidate]
- Andrew Cuomo [possible candidate]
October 13, 2015 – NV
November 14, 2015 – Des Moines, IA
December 19, 2015 – Manchester, NH
January 17, 2016 – Charleston, SC
February or March 2016 – Miami, FL
February or March 2016 – WI
Presidential Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Start filling out your brackets!