Jennifer Lawrence will host “Unrigged Live!,” appearing alongside Tig Notaro and Nikki Glaser in a politically charged variety show of comedy, music and other acts that will cap off a three-day political summit at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Lawrence, Notaro and Glaser (“Trainwreck”) are joined by the New Orleans band The Preservation Hall All-Stars and former Ohio senator Nina Turner, among others, for “Unrigged Live!,” which is produced by Broadway’s Triptyk Studios, the production company that was on the producing teams of shows including “An American in Paris,” “Oh, Hello” and “Amelie.”
The performance is the headline event of the three-day Unrig the System Summit (Feb. 2-4), which aims to bring together bipartisan political reform groups with activists, celebs, academics and philanthropists to solve the problem of getting corrupt money out of politics. Triptyk’s Brian Swibel will stage the show.
“As far as I know, it’s the first event of its kind to bring together progressives from both sides to kick off what is going to be a long, hard fight,” said Swibel.
The summit is organized and presented by RepresentUs, which was formed in 2010 in response to the rise of super PACs. In the last year in particular, big names from the entertainment industry, spurred by the election of Donald Trump, have regularly gotten political: Earlier this week, Mark Ruffalo co-organized a starry performance that featured activists alongside the likes of Michael Moore, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Common.
“Unrigged Live!,” which will livestream on the summit’s website, is set for Feb. 3 at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium. Both the summit and the variety show are planned as biannual events, Swibel said.