Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"Lawsuits Are No Laughing Matter" Comedy Show


Sunday, January 13th from 7:00-9:00 pm at House of Bricks, 525 E Grand comedian/activist Lee Camp's debut performance in Iowa will benefit Ed Fallon's legal defense fund in the lawsuit filed against Fallon by former-Congressman Leonard Boswell. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance through tikly.co.

Lee Camp is a nationally-known comedian whose gutsy belly-of-the-beast critique of Fox News' "parade of propaganda" helped launch his career in 2008. The show also will feature Brother Trucker's Andy Fleming and local comedians Dan Umthun, Colin Ryan and Scott Vermulm.

Boswell's lawsuit alleges that Fallon committed slander and libel by revealing that aides to Boswell offered Fallon an $80,000 a-year job if he would not run against Boswell in 2008. Fallon and his attorney, Joseph Glazebrook, filed a counterclaim alleging "abuse of process," and that is where the matter now stands.

"I am truly grateful for all the support that has come forward thus far," said Fallon. "It's unfortunate that Boswell continues to pursue this lawsuit, and it looks like I have to raise additional funds. So, we might as well have a good time while doing it. With his combination of humor and astute political commentary, I can't think of a better person than Lee Camp to headline such an event."

"In addition to helping Ed out in a noble cause, this show is about laughing while speaking truth to a world gone mad," said Dan Umthun, a local comedian helping to organize the show. "Between Lee Camp, Colin Ryan and Scot Vermulm, we've pulled together some great local and national talent. If you're hungry for comedy that goes beyond turd jokes and cut-off flannel, this is your chance."

"Throughout my two decades of work in politics," continued Fallon, "I consistently demonstrated a commitment to fighting for good government, speaking truthfully and candidly about the importance of elected officials maintaining the public trust, and standing up for constituency groups treated unfairly or unjustly by those with power. I am absolutely innocent of the accusations made against me by former-Congressman Boswell, and am frankly surprised that he filed the suit and that he continues to pursue it."

Fallon served as a state lawmaker for 14 years representing central Des Moines in the Iowa House, and he ran against  Boswell in the Democratic primary for Congress in 2008. Joseph Glazebrook is an attorney with the law firm of Glazebrook and Moe, LLP, and he successfully defended Fallon in the latter's Occupy trial last year.

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