Katie Goodman: I Didn't Fuck It Up
- Suzanne Black
- 9 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Conscience-nudging musical comedy
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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