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Troy Conrad

The Bush Monologues

Location + schedule

Ritz Theater Studio
345 13th Av NE

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Saturday 8/71:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/810:00 p.m.  
Tuesday 8/108:30 p.m.  
Thursday 8/125:30 p.m.  
Saturday 8/142:30 p.m.  
About the show

Comedy, Drama, Satire,

Written by Troy Conrad and Rick Overton
From Los Angeles, CA

Overall rating

One of the last shows admitted from the Fringe waiting list! From the creator of The Comedy Jesus Show, called a "Must See Show" by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, comes the fictional, but real details left out of Bush’s upcoming memoir, “Decision Points.” The Bush Monologues: Inside the Decider is a funny, serious, and cathartic departure from the “Bush is stupid” jokes.

This hard-hitting and innovative show stars Troy Conrad (¡Satiristas!, Dublin Fringe Festival, SF Improv Festival) as George W. Bush, and is a tour through the secret omissions from Bush’s book. The show consists of a scripted town hall-style performance, and an all-improvised Q & A with Bush at the end. This is a rare, honest, comedic look into the soul of Bush.

Written by Troy Conrad and Emmy-award Winner Rick Overton (Dennis Miller Live, The Informant, The Green Room with Paul Provenza), the show received excellent reviews at its opening in Los Angeles and New York City.

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George W. Bush appears on The Jimmy Dore Show on KPFK to talk about "The Bush Monolouges: Inside the Decider."

The Bush Monologues includes all the things left out of the upcoming Bush memoir, "Decision Points."

A clip from a sold-out performance of "The Bush Monologues: Inside the Decider" in Los Angeles.

The show is based on the details omitted from Bush's upcoming book "Decision Points."

Produced by: Creative Mindworks Productions
Created by: Troy Conrad
Written by: Troy Conrad and Rick Overton
Creative Consultant: David Feldman

Troy Conrad on the Minnesota radio show The Uptake, talking about the satirical movement he founded to promote health care reform and mock the Tea Party's "socialism" claims. Enjoy the satirical Flamer Movement against our Socialist Fire Departments.

Troy Conrad
Role: Director/co-writer/Bush
Troy Conrad started doing standup, making short films, and performing critical theatre in the early ninties after teaching at Phoenix College in Arizona. After acting wih Arizona’s resident Shakespeare company, Southwest Shakespeare, Troy attended conservatories in both improvisation and writing at Second City Los Angeles, Improv Olympic West, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre. Additionally, the short videos that he has either appeared in or produced have been viewed over ten million times.
A former evangelical Christian and former Scientologist turned agnostic/atheist, Troy is an activist for exposing the dangers of blind obedience to authority. He is also one of the world’s biggest dog lovers, and lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife Liz, their 13 year-old pitbull-mix Neo, and three cats: Shobi, Chupacabra, and Charlie Goodyear. For more on Troy’s current satire projects, go to

Troy is also the creator of The Comedy Jesus Show, ( ) which received rave reviews and was a "Must-see show" by the Pioneer Press at the 2007 Minnesota Fringe. A writer for The Jay Mohr Roast on NBC, Conrad has performed at The Dublin Fringe, The San Francisco Improv Festival, Calgary Funnyfest, The Philadelphia Fringe, and The Los Angeles Comedy Festival.

Last year, The Comedy Jesus Show received full distribution on DVD, and can be found at stores throughout North America.

Rick Overton
Role: Co-writer
Rick Overton originally created a piece for Troy Conrad as George W. Bush titled “Contrition” that was performed at Sit ‘N Spin in Los Angeles, a show is the foundation for “The Bush Monologues: Inside the Decider.” Rick won an Emmy for writing for “Dennis Miller Live” and has hundreds of feature film and television credits including “The Informant,” and currently, “Dinner for Schmucks.” He is also known for his role as Pam’s dad on “The Office.” Rick is known for being one of the worlds top comedians, writers, and improvisers. His new 1 hour comedy special is due for release in Fall 2010. For more on Rick, go to or follow him on twitter:

User reviews

Almost perfect
by Steve Lenius Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I wasn't sure I really wanted to revisit the Bush years, but I risked it. I'm glad I did. 90% of this show was amazing.The stated object of the show was to *not* merely paint Bush as stupid, which would have been an easy and cheap way to get laughs. Instead I felt I really was sitting there watching Dubya try to explain himself, and maybe even sorta kinda halfway apologize for the mess he made--or at least offer excuses for that mess. The way Troy Conrad *became* Dubya was amazing.

What didn't work? Small thing: The projected images were too dim to see. Big thing: I didn't get the pet pig story. What was it doing there? Why was it presented in such a different way than the rest of the show? What point was it trying to make? I think it was supposed to make one, but it was lost on me. The conclusion of the pig story was the only moment in the show when my reaction was "Huh?"

The best part of the show was the Q&A at the end. The audience was much more involved, and laughed and reacted much more vigorously, than during the earlier part of the show. And Conrad was now inhabiting Bush so thoroughly that it didn't matter what the question was, his answer was spot-on. Suggestion: more Q&A time, please!

Kudos to Conrad, a brilliant Bush impersonator, and Rick Overton, co-writer. And a shout-out to John Fugelsang, one of three creative consultants for this show and also the regular Friday co-host of radio's *The Stephanie Miller Show.* Good work, everyone!

Finally I can laugh
by GLENN WAGY Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
After an 8 year nightmare I could laugh.

not very funny
by Abbie Foster Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I guess i expected it to be funnier, since it was making fun of Bush, but i hardly laughed. I guess i was hoping for more than slides and dumb bush jokes. I have to say the "shrubs" bush musical was a little more funny and entertaining to watch.

by Bruce Berry Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties


WELL DONE !!!!!!!!!!

Smart and funny
by Mirah Ammal Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The nation's 43rd president certainly gave ample fodder for comedy--from his distictive, easily-impersonated mannerisms to his frequent baffling verbal trainwrecks to the controversial, often arrogant and at times incomprehensible positions staked out by his administration.

Mere impersonations presenting the man as simply dumb and laughable are common, easy, but NOT the route for satirist Troy Conrad.

Conrad presents Bush as a complete (if somewhat simple and vastly under-achieving) individual. He digs deep to create a character that is frustrating, unwise, yet not unsympathetic. The result is a show that is clever, engaging, and wickedly, wickedly funny.

Conrad makes excellent use of Bush's own mysterious and awful quotes, his common tropes, and his visible foibles. He also makes strange and wonderful use of bacon. He also demonstrates great stage craft. In the end, he inhabits the character so completely, that the highlight of the show is an organic, improvised Q&A with the audience (the interactions are real, not plants.)

Three caveats or notes about the show: 1.) The show uses slide projection (a la corporate presentation), but the light intensity on the projection and the positioning of the projection make it difficult to read. 2.) Vegetarians who are sensitive to the smell of meat cooking, this may not be the show for you and 3.) Inexplicably, we were among the youngest people in the audience (the average age at the show we attended appeared to be about 50.) That is really neither here nor there--I think the show has appeal for audiences of all ages!--but it was just surprising to see how few people in the under 40 category were there. Again, that's not a problem, but I hope more younger people would check this show out, as it's a GREAT example of both keen use of material and EXCELLENT stage craft--always good for young artists and fans to see!

I really wish for half-kitties right now, b/c I'd like to rate this show a 4.5. Well recommended, well worth your time--check it out!

who knew the power of bacon?
by Kathryn C Johnson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As absurd as it sounds, bacon cooked in a Forman grill (yes, Dubya predicted there would be an African-American president, and his bet was George Forman, based on his singular invention!)is passed almost like communion wafers among the audience and - just as the former-President said - it made everything better! Even reliving the now-deeply repressed memories of those 8 years was somehow made less painful by the odor of bacon...and an hilarious script and a pitch perfect performance by Troy Conrad. I'm still as confused as the former-President seems to be about what made/makes him tick, which means he remains fascinating. A great show that had the audience stomping and whistling at the end.

the bush show to see
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
(*not* "shrubs".) this is structured as a post-2008 town hall meeting. some of it is hilariously funny, some of it falls a little flat (i could have done without the dead baby jokes). and - whoda thunk it?!? - a story about a childhood trauma actually made this diehard liberal feel sorry for dubya. the bush impression is flawless, and the concept of bush having had analysis after his second term is a potent one. and the bacon motif goes a long way towards explaining the lunacy of those eight years (actually, so does the first line...) worth the trip if you can get there before it ends - you've got two more chances as of this writing.

Ex-Prez Delivers For Kiwanis
by carl franzen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Former President Bush (Jr.) delivered a tell-all speech before the local Nordeast Kiwanis Club on Sunday. Dressed in a conservative, presidential blue suit Mr. Bush seemed shaken as he revealed his saddest moment as a child, while also clarifying and/or apologizing for many of his unintended statements while in office. The event was marred when a seeming innocent young person raised her hand to ask the former commander-in-chief a dead baby joke. While willing to share many of his inner-most secrets, the question seemed to rock him and he quickly disappeared behind the black curtain. The occasion marked the annual Kiwanis Pig Roast giving the room a distinctive odor.

Much more than an impersonation . . .
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
. . . but, that said, the impersonation IS SPOT ON. Eery and incredible. The text takes the expected potshots at W's non-sequiturs and outright absurdities, but it also creates some poignment moments about W as a man and about our country's willingness to elect him (even if it was really just the one time). This was a late addition from the waitlist, so the show is under-buzzed. Very worthwhile.

Do not Miss this Show
by J Emily Peabody Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I am not a W fan, but this spot on impersonation that showed a human and vulnerable side to the worst president ever, is not to be missed.

w stands for weird?
by chris cowen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The show starts with a right on impersonation of the man. But it is way more than that as it gets deep into W's psyche in a way that is entertaining, funny and interesting. Parts of this show are disturbing but then so was the W's administration. A must see performance that will give you a whole new perspective on bacon.

Bush, in 2010? Yes, and it plays well.
by Anthony Paul Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Political satire with a strong sense of humanity. Great depth is given to the subject, his thought process, his upbringing, and the implications of his actions. Done with comedy, of course, but not solely comedy.

I took a recommendation and it proved to be an hour very well spent. A great excuse to visit a new Fringe venue.

(Troy was at the Minnesota Fringe three years ago with the Comedy Jesus Show, a popular offering at that festival.)