A brief departure from the political wars:
If you live in southwest or central Virginia, you have to see the Big Lick Conspiracy Comedy Improv Troupe in action. They start their 2009-2010 season this Saturday night with an 8:00 show at the Jefferson Center in downtown Roanoke. My wife and I (and our son on a couple occasions) have caught several of their shows over the last two years and have thoroughly enjoyed every one.
These folks may not be performing under the bright lights of the big city, but they are a highly entertaining group of comedians. Improv is an incredibly difficult form of entertainment. Taking suggestions from the audience (some before the show and some during) and turning those disjointed ideas into rib-splitting humor is a rare skill. Save the $9 you would spend at the super-mega-gi-normous movie-plex and buy a ticket for the Big Lick Conspiracy. You will not be disappointed.