Roy Zimmerman, "Live from the Starving Ear"

  • April 22, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • UU Church of Worcester

Greater Worcester Humanists is pleased to welcome back renowned folk musician and satirist Roy Zimmerman to Worcester.

Tickets are $20 at the door or you can pre-purchase them on this page.  Be sure to bring your printed receipt as a ticket to the show for entry. 



“We used to have a name for right-wing satire,” says funny songwriter Roy Zimmerman.  “We called it ‘cruelty.’”

Zimmerman’s satirical songs have an unmistakable lefty slant.  “Roy Zimmerman: Live From the Starving Ear” comes to Worcester Sunday, April 22 at 7 pm for a performance at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden Street.  The show is sponsored by Greater Worcester Humanists.  Admission is $20.

The Starving Ear is Zimmerman’s homage to San Francisco’s legendary nightclub the hungry i.  In the late 50‘s and early 60‘s the hungry i was a jumping-off place for such talents as Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Phyllis Diller, Maya Angelou, the Kingston Trio, and a flash point for music and comedy with a social message.

In this election year, Zimmerman has made a “campaign promise” to perform in all fifty states before the Republican National Convention.  All his shows in cities across the country are called “Live From the Starving Ear.”  The Occupy Movement, the Tea Party, same-sex marriage, Socialism, Creationism, guns, taxes, abstinence and yes, presidential politics all come under tuneful scrutiny.  “There’s a whole new political landscape,” he says, “painted by Jackson Pollock.”

In twelve albums over twenty years, Zimmerman has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice.  His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime.  He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records.  He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.  Roy’s YouTube videos have garnered over six million views and tens of thousands of comments, many of them coherent.

“You’re Getting Sleepy” is Zimmerman’s new CD, featuring eleven of his wickedly inventive originals.  "Vote Republican" is a mesmerizing mockery of GOP nonsense in the run-up to the 2012 election (already a hit on YouTube - "Citizens United" is a sensuous slow-jam sneer at corporate personhood. "The Unions Are to Blame" lampoons the Big Business lunacy that has spurred thousands to Occupy Wall Street. And "I Want a Marriage Like They Had in the Bible" is an hallelujah blow-out that would make Rick Santorum proud.

There’s even an unabashed Progressive anthem.  “Hope, Struggle and Change” adds one important word to Obama’s election slogan.  Zimmerman co-writes many of these songs with his wife, Melanie Harby.

The Los Angeles Times says, “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”

Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just 'rhyne.'"

Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection."  

The HBO documentary “The Trials of Ted Haggard,” directed by Alexandra Pelosi features Roy’s song, “Ted Haggard is Completely Heterosexual.”  Mr. Haggard himself said of the song, “It's really bad — I mean, it's poorly done — but it's funny.”

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  • Jeff H.

    Funny guy, great lyrics!

    May 7, 2012

  • Brian K.

    Glad to have Roy come back to Worcester, and my daughter really enjoyed him as well. Such a clever songwriter, and a great performer. I try to spread the Word of Roy to all those who'll listen!

    April 27, 2012

  • Christopher M.

    As always Roy was fantastic. His personality and humor make the night very enjoyable. Hopefully will have him back again in the future.

    April 23, 2012

  • Robyn F.

    Love this guy - it's great to spend an hour or two laughing!

    April 23, 2012

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