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P. J. O'Rourke    

Leading Political Satirist & Best-Selling Author of "The Baby Boom" and 17 Others

With more than 1 million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any living writer, P. J. O’Rourke has established himself as America’s premier political satirist. Both TIME and The Wall Street Journal have labeled him “the funniest writer in America.” He is the best-selling author of 16 books, including "Parliament of Whores," "Republican Party Reptile," "Holidays in Hell, "Holidays in Heck," "Eat the Rich," and "Don’t Vote—It Just Encourages the Bastards." O’Rourke’s latest book, "Thrown Under the Omnibus," will be released November 2015.

O’Rourke now writes a weekly column at The Daily Beast titled “Up To a Point…,” offering his classic wit and insight on today’s current events—from politics to pop culture. He is also a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, and a frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show "Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!."

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An Evening with PJ O'Rourke

All sides are fair game as O’Rourke takes follies of the left and right to task in this diverting and thought-provoking program. Great for groups of all political interests, O’Rourke scrutinizes domestic and international politics, calling out the often “under-rug swept” absurdities of bureaucracy in government. This is a fully-customizable program, designed for general audiences ranging from Town-halls to community-based organizations.

Don't Vote- It Just Encourages the Bastards

O’Rourke takes off the gloves in, this “pull no punches” program that delivers a scathingly humorous indictment of current government policies for all its flaws, fables, and follies. O’Rourke takes a critical look at the most pressing issues of our time, including privacy vs. security, healthcare, class reform, absurdities of bureaucracy in government and more.

If You Think Healthcare is Expensive Now, Wait Until you See What it Costs when it's Free

O’Rourke tackles the current healthcare conundrum and how it affects everyone from the Fortune 500 corporation to the grass-roots non-profit organization (often exploring how much these seemingly disparate entities have in common and at stake).

Pirates in Neckties: Government vs. the Free Market, Which is Worse?

With his signature wit and insight, O’Rourke discusses how government (whether Democrat, Republican, or deadlocked) distorts market forces and causes headaches for businesses from Wall Street to Main Street. O’Rourke draws from current events and industry trends to explain just why “a little government and a little luck are necessary in everybody’s life, but you shouldn’t trust either of them.”

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