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Show Schedule

Turn Out the Lights
Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

Turn Out the Lights

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Sure, artificial light seems great; it makes it easier to find what you’re looking for in your closet, and it’s the only proven way to summon Batman. But at what cost? 

Building our Way Out of Racial Disparities
Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

Building our Way Out of Racial Disparities

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Minnesota is home to some of the worst racial disparities in the country in terms of housing, workforce retention, and education. Gary Cunningham is working to find ways to change that in his role on the Metropolitan Council. 

T2P2 at Saint Paul-itics
Oct
11
6:30 pm18:30

T2P2 at Saint Paul-itics

  • Highland Park Library

Katharine Tinucci and Brian McClung, two longtime Minnesota capital insiders, join T2P2 to unpack this interesting political year.

Economics of the T.P.P.
Oct
17
7:00 pm19:00

Economics of the T.P.P.

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

The Trans Pacific Partnership would be one of the largest trade agreements in history, reshaping the relationship between the U.S. and more than a dozen Pacific nations.

The Economics of Art
Oct
24
7:00 pm19:00

The Economics of Art

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Does art make a place more beautiful? Of course. Does art improv quality of life? You bet. Does art help us grapple with our own humanity? Sure. But what about the cold, hard monetary bottom line?

The State Representative-To-Be in 60-B
Oct
31
7:00 pm19:00

The State Representative-To-Be in 60-B

This August, Illhan Omar won the 60B DFL primary for Minnesota House. If she wins in November (which is highly likely in the heavily democratic district) she will become the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature in the U.S.


The Thin Orange Line
Sep
19
7:00 pm19:00

The Thin Orange Line

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

We’ll talk to two powerhouses of Minnesota transportation legislation and policy: State Senator Scott Dibble and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. 

Winona LaDuke
Sep
12
7:00 pm19:00

Winona LaDuke

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

For more than 30 years, Winona LaDuke has been an activist for environmental, economic, and political justice, with a focus on tribal land claims.

Presidential Debate Jeopardy
Jul
7
6:00 pm18:00

Presidential Debate Jeopardy

  • Southern Theater

Three of Minnesota’s funniest comedians join quiz master and presidential debate expert Dan Hill for a historic battle of wits in this unapologetic, unpredictable, and laugh-out-loud funny quiz show.

Presidential Debate Jeopardy
Jun
30
6:00 pm18:00

Presidential Debate Jeopardy

  • Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Three of Minnesota’s funniest comedians join quiz master and presidential debate expert Dan Hill for a historic battle of wits in this unapologetic, unpredictable, and laugh-out-loud funny quiz show.

Presidential Debate Jeopardy, St. Paul
Jun
28
6:00 pm18:00

Presidential Debate Jeopardy, St. Paul

  • Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Three of Minnesota’s funniest comedians join quiz master and presidential debate expert Dan Hill for a historic battle of wits in this unapologetic, unpredictable, and laugh-out-loud funny quiz show.

Sandpiper Pipeline Project (Try Saying That 3x Fast!)
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

Sandpiper Pipeline Project (Try Saying That 3x Fast!)

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

The proposed Sandpiper Pipeline Project has divided citizens and communities questions of environmental impact, economic opportunities, Native American treaty rights, and concerns over the alternative freight traffic currently carrying much of the oil. Sounds like a really light, fun way to close out T2P2’s spring season!

H2-Uh-Oh
May
16
6:00 pm18:00

H2-Uh-Oh

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

With the exception of certain witches, everyone needs water and in the land of 10,000 lakes we’re lucky to have lots of it. But recent crises in places like Michigan, and even reports about Minnesota’s own water quality are raising a lot of questions and concerns.

From Somalia to the Minneapolis City Council
May
2
6:00 pm18:00

From Somalia to the Minneapolis City Council

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Born in Somalia, Warsame is currently the highest level elected Somali-American in the country. We will ask him about his incredible personal story, his views on local politics, and (because it’s a show about Minneapolis) probably about parking.  

Affordable Home Companion
Apr
11
6:00 pm18:00

Affordable Home Companion

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

The Atlantic Magazine’s City Lab project called the debate over affordable housing in the Twin Cities the fiercest housing battle in America. So what better place to flesh it out than an improv comedy show? 

Education Reporter Special
Nov
23
7:00 pm19:00

Education Reporter Special

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

School's back in session, and before everyone goes on Thanksgiving break, we're going to talk with a couple of the smartest people covering education in Minnesota.

Melvin Tennant
Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

Melvin Tennant

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Have you ever had trouble convincing friends from other parts of the country to visit you in the Twin Cities? 

Doug Chapin
Nov
2
7:00 pm19:00

Doug Chapin

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

We'll talk with Doug Chapin, Head of Humphrey School's Elections Academy about his favorite hummus recipe...kidding, we'll talk about elections!

Andrew Johnson
Oct
26
7:00 pm19:00

Andrew Johnson

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Elected in 2013, Minneapolis Council Member Andrew Johnson, has made a name for himself simultaneously digging into the city's past and future. 

Design, For Good!
Oct
12
7:00 pm19:00

Design, For Good!

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Design...Like Reggio Godfrey movie, everyone talks about it, but does anyone actually get it? Professor Thomas Fisher of the University of Minnesota Architecture School does

DC: SCOTUS!
Sep
26
8:00 pm20:00

DC: SCOTUS!

  • Washington Improv Theater

Just weeks before the Supreme Court opens its new term, Tom Goldstein, founder and editor of SCOTUSblog, and Dahlia Lithwick who covers the Supreme Court for Slate Magazine, will join T2P2 to talk all things judiciary. We’ll ask them what to watch for in the coming term and which justice wore their robes the best.

DC: David Plotz
Sep
25
10:00 pm22:00

DC: David Plotz

  • Washington Improv Theater

David Plotz is the former editor-in-chief of Slate and now CEO of Atlas Obscura. Plotz has written multiple books, comments on national politics weekly as part of the Slate Gabfest and now runs a site all about getting people to explore the hidden places in their communities. We’ll ask him the best place in D.C. to get your head shaved.

DC: Two Congressmen Walk into an Improv Show
Sep
24
8:00 pm20:00

DC: Two Congressmen Walk into an Improv Show

  • Washington Improv Theater

What will happen when first-term congressman Tom Emmer (MN-6, GOP) is The Theater of Public Policy’s on-stage guest? What about if some of his fellow Minnesotan congressional delegation join him? Will we end partisan bickering with improv comedy? Or, in true Minnesota fashion, just talk about the weather?

DC: Improv-onomics
Sep
23
8:00 pm20:00

DC: Improv-onomics

  • Washington Improv Theater

Chris Farrell, Senior Economics Contributor to American Public Media’s Marketplace, and Cardiff Garcia, US editor of the Financial Times’s Alphaville, join us to make sense of the Fed’s interest rate policies, “un-retirement,” globalization, and what the heck is going on in Cuba. All in 90 minutes or less!

DC: Infrastructure of Dreams: If we improv, will they come?
Sep
22
8:00 pm20:00

DC: Infrastructure of Dreams: If we improv, will they come?

  • Capital Fringe, Trinidad Theater

They say an improv comedy show about infrastructure investment policy can’t possibly be funny. We’ll find out if they’re right when Vinn White, U.S. DOT Senior Transportation Policy Advisor, and Casey Dinges, Senior Managing Director at the American Society of Civil Engineers, join us to talk roads, bridges, transit, and dedicated lanes for hover-bikes.

DC: Dr. Ornstein’s Miracle Tonic for a Healthy Constitution!
Sep
21
8:00 pm20:00

DC: Dr. Ornstein’s Miracle Tonic for a Healthy Constitution!

  • Washington Improv Theater

American Enterprise Institute scholar, The Atlantic columnist, and most importantly, native Minnesotan, Norm Orstein joins T2P2 to discuss political polarization, constitutional crises, and what’s worse, Minnesota in February or D.C. in August.  

DC: Church & State: Friends or Frienemies?
Sep
20
8:00 pm20:00

DC: Church & State: Friends or Frienemies?

  • Dance Place

You’re not supposed to talk about politics or religion at the dinner table. But what about during an improv comedy show? T2P2 will talk with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State Executive Director the Reverend Barry Lynn about why he thinks God should stay at least 30 feet away from government at all times.

Finding the Green for Parks
Jul
23
6:30 pm18:30

Finding the Green for Parks

  • Open Book

Those newly proposed parks in Minneapolis may be a good idea, but how are we going to find the money to fund them? Can we afford to expand our park system -- or would we be crazy not to?