|Roy Zimmerman brings his one-man show to Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday, Jan. 22.|
Comedian and political satirist Roy Zimmerman brings his original songs and comic commentary to campus on Thursday, Jan. 22, in a concert benefiting Music Industry Studies student scholarships.
Zimmerman's hilarious and often caustic songs are inspired by a world of war, poverty, ignorance, hypocrisy and greed. His satirical song lyrics have a decidedly leftist slant. “We used to have a name for Right Wing satire,” he says. “We called it 'cruelty.' ” Currently, his one-man show features songs from his new album, “Thanks for the Support.”
Zimmerman has played clubs across the country and shared the stage with George Carlin, Bill Maher, Kate Clinton, Dennis Miller, Sandra Tsing Loh, k.d. lang, Andy Borowitz and Paul Krassner. His up-to-the-moment topical songs are featured on American Public Media's syndicated broadcast, “Weekend America,” and Sirius Radio's “West Coast Live.”
Zimmerman's concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Purchase tickets online at https://csupomona.tix.com or at the Music Publicity Office, Building 24-142. For more information, call (909) 869-3554.
The afternoon before the concert, Zimmerman will hold a songwriting master class with the concert's producer, Prof. Arthur Winer. Free and open to the public, the master class is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Zimmerman will critique original songs by Cal Poly Pomona students.
“Although Roy's music fits primarily in the folk/protest tradition, he is a highly-skilled, all-around lyricist and musician,” Winer says. “Some of our students won't agree with Zimmerman's political views, but they could all benefit from the advice of such a skilled songwriter.”
To participate in the master class, e-mail Winer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Roy Zimmerman's performance, visit www.class.cpp.edu/mu/.