Originally posted by Mark Johnson:
I think it would be very dependent on the news of the day and the socioeconomic makeup of the audience. If they're all Iranians then I think you have a great idea. The average westerner probably doesn't give a hoot about the crimes Iraq did to Iran during that time period. All they remember is the price volatility of fuel and the hostages situation. It could go great but here in the midwest, it would be a real bomb.
I'd try it first with high school or college students. To them it's ancient history. but middle aged right wingers probably wouldn't care or they might even leave the room. so I'd say screw them and work on a good presentation, but be prepared for the occassional hillbilly mentality.
Personally I'd play it safe and never, ever mix politics and entertainment unless you're really good at it (for example Mark Russell). Very few can pull it off.
Personally I leave my politics rolled up under my pillow every morning and start a new day. Politics and religion are touchy subjects and you are sure to offend someone if you bring these subjects up, especially now. It's up to you whether or not you care. or if it's a paying gig, what the promoter thinks.
That's my two cents, and I could be totally off base here.
I see what you mean by being offensive when referring to politics. For example, you could refer to "right wing" and "hillbilly" in the same context, and irritate some of us right there.