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JHB

(37,181 posts)
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 04:31 PM Jun 2020

Al Franken breaks down the Trump Tulsa Totter




Al Franken
@alfranken
6,200 people at Trump rally in Tulsa. Acts that had bigger crowds at the same venue in 2019:

- Sha Na Na
- The Pips (w/o Gladys Knight)
- Loverboy
- John Tesh
- The West Virginia Touring Company of La Traviata
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Al Franken breaks down the Trump Tulsa Totter (Original Post) JHB Jun 2020 OP
TY Al Franken! Cha Jun 2020 #1
This is perfect! leftieNanner Jun 2020 #2
"These aren't exactly, ahem, top line acts." sheshe2 Jun 2020 #11
Oh, sheshe2............. MyOwnPeace Jun 2020 #39
:) sheshe2 Jun 2020 #40
Tesh Tops Trump in Tulsa coti Jun 2020 #42
Thank you, Pink and leftieN saidsimplesimon Jun 2020 #55
That she is leftieNanner Jun 2020 #56
All of them has beens MontanaMama Jun 2020 #3
From the Richard Pryor Show edhopper Jun 2020 #7
They still sounded good, even if not the same without Gladys Knight. Hermit-The-Prog Jun 2020 #17
The Pips without Gladys??? OMG, Gladys is the group. More people wanted to hear her back up singers? tulipsandroses Jun 2020 #4
Trump will love this. Lol. BootinUp Jun 2020 #5
La Traviata got a bigger crowd? Thanks for the belly-LOL!!! fierywoman Jun 2020 #6
Really. West Virginia has opera? And it tours? Captain Zero Jun 2020 #23
Even funnier! (OK I'm a snob, having played opera in Florence, Venice and LA) -- fierywoman Jun 2020 #29
Lots of serious music in WV Marthe48 Jun 2020 #37
I was kind of intrigued.by that. LisaM Jun 2020 #48
Pink tweeted that her concert at the arena sold out in five minutes. LastLiberal in PalmSprings Jun 2020 #8
:snicker: liberalla Jun 2020 #9
Kick dalton99a Jun 2020 #10
Trump is obsessed with ratings and crowd sizes gratuitous Jun 2020 #12
John Tesh? Dem2theMax Jun 2020 #13
Trump is less popular than opera? He's toast. n/t MrModerate Jun 2020 #14
To be fair, I remember reading years ago that more people attend the opera in the US each year than niyad Jun 2020 #30
I don't buy the opera/NFL comparison... MrModerate Jun 2020 #49
And people gladly PAID $ to see them. AllyCat Jun 2020 #15
And team trump actually PAID most of the attendees to his "really" erronis Jun 2020 #27
Lol!! For most of it anyway. AllyCat Jun 2020 #43
The Pips without Gladys Knight malaise Jun 2020 #16
I should've been a Pip... Harker Jun 2020 #22
There were more raccoons scavenging that nite at the "overflow area" NoMoreRepugs Jun 2020 #18
"We've never had an empty seat. And we certainly won't in Oklahoma." keithbvadu2 Jun 2020 #19
That's why we're all laughing malaise Jun 2020 #24
:) True Blue American Jun 2020 #26
Trump has not only the Silent Majority klook Jun 2020 #34
:) Marthe48 Jun 2020 #38
"We've never had an empty seat" Beartracks Jun 2020 #50
And Trump's tickets were FREE for f*ck sakes lol ClusterFreak Jun 2020 #20
And some of them must have gone home with COVID IronLionZion Jun 2020 #21
Trump sent COVID there early with his advance team. keithbvadu2 Jun 2020 #25
Make Pandemics Great Again IronLionZion Jun 2020 #31
Loverboy is a 41 year old CANADIAN rock band. Canadians are more popular than American prez. nt Bernardo de La Paz Jun 2020 #28
And Loverboy charged for admission, unlike Shitler! SunSeeker Jun 2020 #35
LOL, that is a scream! klook Jun 2020 #32
If you're bested by John Tesh, who CHARGED for admission unlike you...Just.Go.Home. SunSeeker Jun 2020 #33
The Burn is Strong with This One! How Strong, You Ask? Larry Moecurley Jun 2020 #36
It might be the time to end this. warmfeet Jun 2020 #41
I just looked up on a concert finder app OnlinePoker Jun 2020 #44
Hey, don't knock Sha Na Na.. JenniferJuniper Jun 2020 #45
And those people PAID to see those acts TexasBushwhacker Jun 2020 #46
If WV Opera wants to do a Verdi opera that's foolproof, soldierant Jun 2020 #47
La Traviata is not an opera I'd show up for and I love opera TrogL Jun 2020 #51
To be fair ... Straw Man Jun 2020 #52
To be fair... JHB Jun 2020 #53
To be fairer ... Straw Man Jun 2020 #57
The 2003 Detroit Tigers had the worst record in American League history... Crowman2009 Jun 2020 #54

leftieNanner

(15,276 posts)
2. This is perfect!
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 04:36 PM
Jun 2020

Pink tweeted yesterday that she sold out that arena in about 5 minutes, but she's PINK, for heaven's sakes!

These aren't exactly, ahem, top line acts.

John Tesh? OMG!

tulipsandroses

(5,206 posts)
4. The Pips without Gladys??? OMG, Gladys is the group. More people wanted to hear her back up singers?
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 04:41 PM
Jun 2020

LOL!

fierywoman

(7,743 posts)
29. Even funnier! (OK I'm a snob, having played opera in Florence, Venice and LA) --
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 06:01 PM
Jun 2020

West Virginia opera got more people than Trump ?!?!?!?

Marthe48

(17,520 posts)
37. Lots of serious music in WV
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 06:22 PM
Jun 2020

My husband and his large family was from there, and we live in Ohio, just across the Ohio River. In the 1990's Gaston Caperton was governor of WV and was married to Rachel Worby, who conducted the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and really elevated classical music or awareness of it in WV. I have friends who attend a live music performance every month in Parkersburg, probably on hold for now.

Even though I live well away from major cities, I have never felt isolated from the fine arts in this area.

gratuitous

(82,849 posts)
12. Trump is obsessed with ratings and crowd sizes
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 05:05 PM
Jun 2020

This won't set well with the big baby. Loverboy, fer crissakes?!

niyad

(115,061 posts)
30. To be fair, I remember reading years ago that more people attend the opera in the US each year than
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 06:02 PM
Jun 2020

Attend pro football games.also, that one year, scalped tickets for an Andrew Lloyd Weber Broadway premiere were much more expensive than scalped super bowl tickets.

 

MrModerate

(9,753 posts)
49. I don't buy the opera/NFL comparison...
Mon Jun 22, 2020, 07:50 AM
Jun 2020

Because there's about 35 million NFL attendees a year, and if you figure that the average theatre in which you'd produce opera has about 500 seats, you'd need over 70,000 (expensive, labor-intensive) opera productions to equal the NFL.

So I don't think so.

And scalped Superbowl tickets have topped out a $60,000 each, a price I don't think even Hamilton can get close to.

(Not to mention that Webber's work is musical theatre rather than opera, and so an entirely different kettle of fish.)

erronis

(15,842 posts)
27. And team trump actually PAID most of the attendees to his "really"
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 05:45 PM
Jun 2020

What people will do for $50 or a slice of pizza or a chance to catch a virus.

Or a chance to see their messiah before he is deep-sixed.

NoMoreRepugs

(9,673 posts)
18. There were more raccoons scavenging that nite at the "overflow area"
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 05:16 PM
Jun 2020

than magats that stood around there for 5-10 minutes.

keithbvadu2

(37,619 posts)
19. "We've never had an empty seat. And we certainly won't in Oklahoma."
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 05:16 PM
Jun 2020

"We've never had an empty seat.
And we certainly won't in Oklahoma."

The silver lining is at least Trump got to upstage Clint Eastwood.
Clint only spoke to one empty chair. (Got that from another poster)


Beartracks

(12,916 posts)
50. "We've never had an empty seat"
Mon Jun 22, 2020, 08:26 AM
Jun 2020

I don't think that was true even before Tulsa, was it?

Why can't his fans see that Trump is just a huckster? His schtick is like the robo-calls those same voters probably complain about during dinner.

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IronLionZion

(45,905 posts)
21. And some of them must have gone home with COVID
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 05:23 PM
Jun 2020

like a special souvenir to always remember this experience

klook

(12,210 posts)
32. LOL, that is a scream!
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 06:09 PM
Jun 2020

JohnTesh?!?!


(I just posted the same Tweet and then saw your thread. Al Franken is a national treasure.)

OnlinePoker

(5,738 posts)
44. I just looked up on a concert finder app
Sun Jun 21, 2020, 07:08 PM
Jun 2020

None of these acts performed in the BOK Center since at least 2017. Me thinks Al Franken was being facetious.

soldierant

(7,182 posts)
47. If WV Opera wants to do a Verdi opera that's foolproof,
Mon Jun 22, 2020, 12:49 AM
Jun 2020

I recommend "MacBath." If the effects are a problem do it unstaged. It's that well written. It will still work - even better than Shakespeare.

La Traviata can be made or broken by the blend the soprano and the tenor can get going in Act II, and that's a lot harder that you think it is if you've only ever heard A listers singing it.

TrogL

(32,822 posts)
51. La Traviata is not an opera I'd show up for and I love opera
Mon Jun 22, 2020, 10:07 AM
Jun 2020

2nd rate music, incomprehensible plot

Straw Man

(6,657 posts)
52. To be fair ...
Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:02 AM
Jun 2020

... there was no COVID in 2019. Some Trump cultists may risk death to see their Dear Leader in the (ample) flesh, but somehow I doubt that even the most rabid Loverboy fans would do the same.

JHB

(37,181 posts)
53. To be fair...
Mon Jun 22, 2020, 11:08 AM
Jun 2020

...Donnie burned through his entire lifetime allotment of "to be fair" sometime back during the Reagan administration.

Crowman2009

(2,541 posts)
54. The 2003 Detroit Tigers had the worst record in American League history...
Mon Jun 22, 2020, 01:04 PM
Jun 2020

....and had 10k more per game than at Drumpf's rally.

There are minor-league teams with better per game attendance as well.

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