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(About "The Devil and George Bush") "So funny I peed my pants"

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(About “State of the Union”) "About the only demonstrable good to come out of George W. Bush’s war on terror is Roger Rudenstein’s discreet, heartfelt condemnation of “above all else, let there be oil"

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(on The Devil and George Bush) "Hilarious"

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About The Devil and George Bush

The Devil and George and Bush” is a free downloadable musical satire podcast that skewers the lame duck president, the presidential candidates, corporate greed and stupidity, reality TV and basically our entire American way of life. It follows the attempts of a modern day Faust who, with the help of the Devil, tries to corner the world market in mandatory computer upgrades while dodging the predatory attractions of Paula Passion. His activities take place within the context of a TV reality show called “What the Hell can anybody do about it!?” whose co-hosts are George Bush and the Devil.

Cheap shots and low innuendo are being aimed against our beleaguered Masters of the Universe by an outfit called “Nightmare of Reason Ink”. This indie production company has just released a musical satire called “The Devil and George and Bush” that skewers the lame duck president, the presidential candidates, corporate greed and stupidity, reality TV and basically our entire American way of life. It follows the attempts of a modern day Faust, aptly named “Faustus”, who, with the help of the Devil, tries to corner the world market in mandatory computer upgrades while dodging the predatory attractions of Paula Passion. His activities take place within the context of a TV reality show called “What the Hell can anybody do about it!?” whose co-hosts are the President and the Devil.

“Devil” features some pretty sharp performers including Kevin Corbett of the comedy group Capitol Steps playing Bush and veteran singer Janice Martin portraying Paula Passion, a sexy celebrity who rooms at the Hilton.

“Devil” was conceived, written, composed and directed by Roger Rudenstein, whose previous commercial failures include “Grace”, the first full-length opera about AIDS, and “State of the Union”, an attempt to heap blame on the Bush administration. This and other career mistakes led Rudenstein to try his luck as a satirist. Although he thinks his latest effort is pretty funny, his wife barely broke a chuckle. “The former executive producer nearly peed his pants when he read the script,” Rudenstein counters, “and now resides in a loony bin.” However, his wife maintains this is a conflict of interest which, like Troopergate, raises disturbing ethical issues.

In keeping with the low-budget character of its production company, “The Devil and George Bush” was created as an audio download specifically for the Internet. Without bothering to research the subject, its creators are now claiming it is the first opera ever to premiere on the world wide web. But is it actually an opera? “I can’t tell what the hell it is, “says Rudenstein’s wife. “Sure it’s got this music that sounds kind of classical, but it also has rap and the orchestration has a rock feel to it. Frankly, I’m confused.” She might have mentioned that there are entire spoken scenes, too. However, she forgot.

Perhaps the best evidence that “The Devil and George Bush” isn’t an opera is the fact that the Metropolitan Opera declined to produce it this season. “Luckily, standards are lower on the Internet,” said Rudenstein hopefully. To allow people to follow along, the work is cast as a kind of radio play so no English-speaking person need follow a book or libretto. Plans are being made to translate “Devil” into Tamil, Sanskrit and Esperanto. One problem in doing this is the lack of agreed-upon translations of the salty words employed in “Devil”. A parents’ advisory has been issued, but to no particular avail since most parents are used to issuing advice not following it.

If you’ve read this far you’re probably wondering: “With my entire stock portfolio crashing along with the financial system, why aren’t I totally inebriated?” But the writers of this press release are more concerned with how they can get it into your thick head to check out their website: www.DevilandGeorgeBush.com. On the website you can read more about the production, watch an amusing animated promo video, and download – for free – the entire “Devil and George Bush” musical opera rap piece for your amusement. And you will be amused, guaranteed, or double your money back!

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