We’re doing a project where we ask people: what’s your UCB? We talked to Will Hines about Monkeydick, the early days of the UCBT, teaching, the Stepfathers, and a bunch of other stuff.
LW: How’d you find UCB?
WH: I found it because I was taking an improv class at Chicago City Limits in 1997, 1998, and 1999. I was just doing it for fun, to have something fun to do besides my day job.
The UCB arrived in New York in ’96, and started doing classes in ’98. In May of ’98 I was taking a class at Chicago City Limits, and the students there said, “hey, there’s a new place in town called the UCB, and it’s really cool, and we should go watch one of the shows.” This was really early in UCB time. I’d never heard of them. I don’t think their show had started yet on Comedy Central. So the class agreed to go see a show. The UCB was doing shows at Solo Arts on West 17th Street. They just rented space on the fifth floor—it was basically like doing a show at Under St. Marks or something, but they were renting it three or four nights a week.
First page: Margaret and her sister Ethel discuss starting a revolution via Margaret’s newspaper “Woman Rebel.”
Second page: Margaret discusses Eugenics movement — sterilizing people (anti-Sanger’s try, still, to portray her as being in favor of sterilizing —- she wasn’t really, except if people volunteered to as a manner of birth control if they were destitute or sick).
Couldn’t upload the page where: Sanger picks up dudes! Here she turns on HG Wells, runs across a current lover and then meets a sexologist she’s instantly obsessed with.
Written by George Kareman, Pat O’Brien, and Ben Wietmarschen
Directed, Edited, and Filmed by Tom Levin
George, Pat and Ben: you wrote a great strange film. But I’m in particular awe of Tom. His stuff is so special and weird, I love it so much. I want to build a house out of this stuff and live in it forever.
Holy crap! This is a terrific comic which tells the story of an absolutely amazing life. Although maybe the least important to the overall story (it’s largely about her battle to educate women about birth control in the face of censorship and fear from cops, the church and politicians) I was most stunned to see she was a long-time lover of H. G. Wells. Written and drawn by Peter Bagge, one of the best smartest and funniest cartoonists I’ve ever seen.
I just posted this on Facebook which I now realize is going to attract probably at least a smattering political comments from people who are opposed to abortion rights, or passionately pro-religion and just kinda want to fight every time “Planned Parenthood” gets mentioned. Ugh. I’m strongly strongly in favor of Planned Parenthood so I want to argue those people.
But honestly, even if you for some reason have issues with Sanger or PP —- this is an amazing book regardless. It does not spare Sanger for being egocentric, a control freak, cold and sometimes downright neglectful to her children and certainly her husbands.
Bagge is amazing cartoonist. He did Hate with Buddy Bradley — one of the funniest comics I have ever read with two of my top favorite comedy moments from any medium. He worked with Crumb in the 80s. He wrote “Yeah!” which was about an all girl pop band that was only popular on alien planets. And lately (last 10 years) he’s turned history buff and spent time telling the human side of famous historical stories (lots of American Revolution stuff).
Whatever: I just finished this book and it’s incredible. Everyone buy it. And if you are a progressive-minded nerd female who likes words, then holy shit you should buy it 10 times.