Winstead finds humor in the 2015 headlines

Lizz Winstead is returning to Minneapolis for her annual satirical take on the year’s headlines for two shows at the Cedar Cultural Center on Dec. 30 & 31.

Dubbed “Lizz Miserables,” Winstead will reflect on the biggest and most bizarre news stories of 2015 — everything from the unpredictable political landscape to Caitlyn Jenner’s decision to come out as a transgender woman.

Winstead said it’s been challenging to pare down material for the show given all that has transpired this year.

“I literally feel like crying because there are 16 people who should be institutionalized running for president and I have to choose which jokes I am going to tell about each of them,” she said during a recent interview. “Had I put more thought into this I should have done a comedy slumber party.”

Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, said she relishes the opportunity to return to Minneapolis each year for her annual year-in-review shows to help people find humor in situations and events that can feel overwhelming to process.

“Sometimes my role is to bring a catharsis to the bad stuff. I do believe that if you can put something into a perspective and people are laughing, that means they haven’t given up hope,” she said. “I think it’s really good to be in a room with people and purge this out together.”

Besides the presidential campaign and Trump’s latest shocking statement, Winstead plans to dive into the stories surrounding Planned Parenthood this year, terrorist attacks and some silver linings — the popularity of Pope Francis, the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold same-sex marriage and election of new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Winstead’s opening act will be Sam Breckenridge, a Twin Cities-based guitarist and composer.

For more information about the shows, go to www.thecedar.org. Tickets are $40–$65.