Councilman Raul Peralez to Host ‘Monday Night Live!’

San José Inside  June 19, 2015

San José’s favorite evening of equal-opportunity offending returns to The Stage on June 22, with Councilman Raul Peralez as the host of Monday Night Live!

The show, which delights in satirizing local politicians and celebrities, will feature Michael Van Every, CEO of Urban Republic, along with other surprise guests.

Last year’s event, hosted by county Supervisor Cindy Chavez, featured a lip sync battle between then-mayoral candidates Dave Cortese and Sam Liccardo, butt jokes, and a “Lame Duck Dynasty” skit poking fun at two departing council members. This year’s program is still under wraps, but from shady school contracts to the tension in the Campos-Chavez dynamic duo, or former Mayor Chuck Reed’s $1 fine that cost taxpayers $106,000, there should be no shortage of political fodder.

“MNL! has become a much anticipated tradition of celebration for the arts and political communities,” said Dennis Martin, board president of San José Stage Company and event co-chair, in a press release.

Proceeds from the 22nd annual comedy night will benefit The Stage’s “award-winning programming of high-quality, high-performance, high-impact theater.” From all those “highs” perhaps we can expect a revamp of Pete Constant’s bong-packing from 2010—but please no ball gag.

The evening begins with a cocktail party at 5pm in The Stage’s courtyard (490 South First St., San José), followed by the show at 7pm. Individual tickets are on sale for $75-$150 online or via phone (408.283.7142), and sponsorship details can be found online as well.