Astoria venue to host comedic watch party for first Republican debate

Photos courtesy of Q.E.D.

One Astoria community space is making sure everyone knows that politics doesn’t always have to be serious — especially when it comes to who is going to be taking over the White House.

Q.E.D., located at 27-16 23rd Ave., will be hosting a Republican Debate Watch Party on Aug. 6 that will feature ongoing commentary by comedians John Fugelsang and Frank Conniff in the style of the TV comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000.

The debate, which begins at 9 p.m. and will feature the top 10 candidates in the Republican Party, will be aired and hosted by Fox News as part of the channel’s Republican presidential primary debate coverage.

It will be held in Cleveland and will be the candidates’ first television face-off.


According to published reports, eight candidates are likely to attend: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson.

While the debate is played on two large HD televisions, Conniff and Fugelsang will provide comedic and political comments.

Conniff hosts the monthly show Cartoon Dump at Q.E.D. and is also known for his role as Frank on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Fugelsang is the host of the SiriusXM show Tell Me Everything.

“The great thing about these big, live events is that people naturally want to experience them together. It’s usually through things like Twitter hashtags but it’s also a great opportunity to get out of the house and watch with everyone in a fun atmosphere,” said Kambri Crews, owner of Q.E.D.

Tickets for the watch party are $8 and include one drink and one slice of pizza. Additional food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

For more information, visit www.QEDAstoria.com or call 347-451-3873.

John Fugelsang and Frank
Comedians John Fugelsang and Frank Conniff.


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