Last week, I attended The Delta Foundation’s presentation of A Conversation with Chelsea Handler at Pittsburgh’s historic Benedum Center. On the heels of her recently concluded Netflix show, Chelsea, Handler’s presentation was less about comedy and much more about the current political climate and hotly debated issues in our country today. Proceeds from the event benefited The Delta Foundation’s goal to be, “a vigilant catalyst for change that produces increased opportunities and a high quality of life for the LGBT community in Western Pennsylvania.”
Throughout the show, Handler participated in a panel-style discussion with fellow comedian Bruce Vilanch. The two covered topics ranging from LGBT rights, to the ongoing gun control debate, to encouraging every eligible citizen, regardless of political affiliation, to get out and vote for what they believe in. At the conclusion of the event, Handler and Vilanch opened up the floor for audience members to ask questions. A line of attendees formed, asking the presenters for their opinions on political topics and advice for things like getting involved in local government or how to best connect with friends and family who have different political or social beliefs.
This event provided a fun opportunity to consider relevant, hot-button topics while witnessing a lively discussion between two comedic heavy-hitters. Though we may not all agree on many topics, it’s important to be able to have open discussions and consider the weight of our action or inaction.