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Eugene Mirman, Andy Kindler, and Marc Maron, Stand Uppity Tour

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Stand Uppity is a tour so forward thinking that they planned their legacy before ever hitting the road. Of course, one should expect no less from a tour presented by 236.com, the satiric news site spun off from The Huffington Post. Comprised of comedians Marc Maron, Eugene Mirman, and Andy Kindler, the tour collectively boasts over 40 appearances on Conan O'Brien, 4 Comedy Central Specials, and enough showings on Letterman to support a blockbuster movie career. Before making their way to tonight's show at the Echoplex, the trio answered a few questions for LAist.

Your tour is being billed as, "Comedy that makes you feel better about yourself and superior to others." How do you plan to pull of this feat?
We only perform in venues that have high stages so that we can literally talk down to the audience. We make a conscious effort to be condescending and dismissive. We want the people who paid good money to feel that we are doing them a favor. No skin off our nose. Take it or leave it. It all adds up to fun, for us, at the expense of others.

The desire to feel superior to others has been a powerful force throughout history, giving us everything from advances in the arts and sciences to the discovery of the new world, but it's also responsible for tremendous suffering and violence. In the end, do you think it's all been worth it?
If we can make even one person feel inferior, then it's all been worth it.

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strong>Hegel, Marx, and many other great thinkers all saw history as moving toward some sort of end. Where do you see it going?
Groucho Marx was hilarious. Hegel was a German philosopher. You do the math. His book "Phenomenology of Spirit" was a laugh riot. It's all going to hell in a hand basket, or a basket that is hand made.

At this moment, we find our selves in 2008, a time that many films and books of the past portrayed as a technologically advanced wonderland. How do you feel about the world of tomorrow that we live in?
Fantastic. It's like we're living in a time that many films and books of the past portrayed as a technologically advanced wonderland. Not to mention space aged. In other words, what's not to like?

Of the many visions of the future that are being made public today, one that seems particularly interesting is being espoused by 236.com, who claim that, " When history looks back at itself and wonders what comedy tour helped America move on from its partisan bickering, botched war, and economic downturn, the answer will be easy: Stand Uppity! " How will you be helping America make this move and what can be done by readers to make this move go more smoothly?
Many comedians have been going overseas to entertain the troops. This has created a severe humor shortage here at home. The readers can do their part by purchasing tickets to our shows. Tell your friends. Do you care about freedom? Then fork over the cash, pronto. If your name is pronto, mention it at the door, and enter to win.

For show times, theater listings, and interviews visit Stand Uppity's Myspace.