LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The worlds of politics and entertainment are set to merge again this summer at the second annual Politicon, the Unconventional Political Convention, held at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26, 2016. A nonpartisan fan fest for politics and entertainment, Politicon will bring together politicians, pundits, comedians and entertainers from across the spectrum for a weekend of comedy, panels, book signings, radio and TV broadcasts, debates, podcasts, interviews, film screenings, meet & greets, and much more. Last year over 9,000 fans flocked to the inaugural Politicon and the festival is anticipated to bring even more political nerds to the West Coast in 2016.
Already confirmed to participate in this year's Politicon are Governor Sarah Palin, President Vicente Fox of Mexico, James Carville, Wendy Davis, Ann Coulter, Upright Citizens Brigade, Eugene Robinson, Dinesh D'Souza, Senator Barbara Boxer, Lizz Winstead, Jon Ronson, Paul Begala, Van Jones, S.E. Cupp, Sally Kohn, Tomi Lahren, Touré, Ken Rudin, Michael Murphy, Congressman Ted Lieu and many more to be announced in the coming weeks. From The Daily Show, Desi Lydic and Roy Wood Jr. will be attending Politicon, along with The Nightly Show's Grace Parra and Jordon Carlos. Comedian Greg Proops will be hosting his podcast The Greg Proops Film Club Live at Politicon.
Additionally, political consultant Frank Luntz will be on-site, attempting to hold the world's largest focus group of over 3,000 individuals. The public opinion guru has garnered fame for his instant response focus groups, featured on Fox News after Presidential debates. A full list of participants can be found here: politicon.com/lineup
2016's Politicon will also mark the return of Democracy Village, a space dedicated to politically incorrect comedy, socially charged music, interactive games, photobooths, and more. Last year featured comedy performances by Upright Citizens Brigade and the Founding Fathers, and beats by DJs Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Daisy O'Dell. This year's Politicon will also bring back the Art Exhibition, which will feature provocative art pieces from all sides of the political spectrum.
Partners and media outlets such as NationBuilder, ThinkProgress, National Review, Latino Victory Project, The Planetary Society, The Young Turks, Millennial Action Project and more will be programming events, reporting and broadcasting live from Politicon.
Last year's Politicon boasted a star studded roster of over 240 entertainers and politicians including Trevor Noah, David Axelrod, the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter, Alex Wagner, Tony Hale, Cenk Uygur, Jeff Ross, Michele Bachmann, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Touré, Rick Ungar, Michael Steele, Jason Leopold, Mike Pesca and many more. Get a taste of the fun from last year here: youtu.be/GCLy_xx6FCA
Tickets are available for purchase at: www.politicon.com
"As we've seen throughout the Presidential campaign thus far, politics is the ultimate form of entertainment," said Simon Sidi, Founder of Politicon. "After the immense success of the first Politicon in 2015, we were thrilled to continue the conversation and expand Politicon with new political figures, comedians, films, panels and much more."
"For me, the best part of Politicon's first year was seeing how much there was for political junkies (and non-junkies) to enjoy," said James Carville. "There were previews of 2016 from both sides, the comedy of Trevor Noah and Jeff Ross, debates, art and more. I loved being there as a speaker. I'd go back as a fan."
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