Katie Goodman: I Didn't Fuck It Up
Conscience-nudging musical comedy
This article is from 2013.
Political satire is tricky. Is New York musical act Katie Goodman's purpose to convert audiences to her way of thinking (tame liberalism) or to play to like-minded folks in an affirmative show of solidarity (or, of course, to sell tickets)?
Goodman is a skilled singer, demonstrated in styles ranging from piano-led balladeering to hip hop. There are two stand-out moments in the hour – one tackling midlife crises and one discussing the incompatibility of liberal and conservative political stances – but these are tempered by an unironic number about MILFs that ignores feminist criticism of the acronym. For a generation used to The Daily Show and Sarah Silverman, performing songs about homophobia, the difficulties of being a working mother and the anti-taxation stance of the Tea Party movement, while dropping a few c-bombs, is far from shocking.
However, the decision of Goodman (and her co-writer husband) to shy away from anything particularly radical, may be a ruse. If her intention is to draw a crowd not already conversant in or comfortable with political activism rather than preaching to the converted, she may end up stimulating a few synapses.
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