LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7, 2015 — The inaugural launch of Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center seeks to do for politics what Comic-con does for Marvel Comics movies and Star Wars merchandise. Judging from the line-up of guests for the events on Oct. 9-10, they are well on their way.
The first annual event begins Friday and brings together a galaxy of political and media figures from across the political spectrum — senior Obama administration figures Dan Pfeiffer, Bill Burton, and legendary speechwriter Jon Favreau; Republican and conservative figures Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich and Hugh Hewitt — for two days of panels and special events that are open to the public.
Organizers expect around 5,000 people to attend this expansive, non-partisan version of C-Pac meets Comic-con, creating a convention-style event where the public can interact with many of the figures they see daily on cable news networks and get a more in depth understanding of the political process.
It’s a political junkie extravaganza with explicitly confrontational panels like One on One with Ann Coulter and Cenk Uygur, and a widely anticipated discussion of the state of the current presidential race, “Deconstructing 2016” with Newt Gingrich, James Carville, Alex Castellanos and David Axelrod.
Doris Kearns Goodwin will conduct a panel on the history of presidential campaigns; Hugh Hewitt will broadcast his radio show live from the event, as will the PBS bipartisan program “Left, Right, and Center.”
Trevor Noah, the new host of “The Daily Show,” will cap off the event Saturday evening with his first stand-up comedy appearance since taking over the reins for Jon Stewart at Comedy Central.
Jon Favreau, who is widely credited with writing President Obama’s most effective speeches during the 2008 campaign and in his first years in the White House, conducts an aptly named panel called “The Art of the Campaign Speech,” for which he is uniquely qualified.
Politicon is partnered with some of the most influential outlets in new political media, with active participation from Breitbart, Vice News, Politico, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, NewsMax, Slate, Salon and SiriusXM. This sets the stage for coverage of the event that should ensure its relevance and appeal in the years ahead.
A Breitbart panel discussion Friday afternoon, “Breitbart: The Hollywood Wars,” will examine Hollywood’s influence on politics and public opinion with senior staffer Ben Shapiro and editor-in-chief Alexander Marlow. It will be followed by a Politico cocktail party Friday evening where Politico chief White House correspondent Mike Allen and politics reporter Anne Carni will lead a discussion on millennials and their political choices as voters in 2016.
A series of films will be screened during Politicon, including the classic Clinton documentary “The War Room,” which will be followed by a discussion with Paul Begala and James Carville, a showing of the William Buckley/Gore Vidal sensational new documentary “Best of Enemies,” and the political short films of David Zucker.
Politicon will be held Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Public tickets for the entire weekend are available for $50; one-day tickets are $25 for Friday and $35 for Saturday. VIP packages are available.