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Sarah Silverman and other comedians launch a voter registration tour, thanks to Tom Steyer

Sarah Silverman at the  Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood in February 2016. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Sarah Silverman at the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood in February 2016. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

California billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer is taking his quest to register young voters to California college campuses, and he is bringing some famous friends along.

Steyer's environmental advocacy group Next Gen Climate is partnering with digital entertainment studio Funny or Die on a free comedy tour dubbed "Jokes for Votes" that doubles as voter registration drive.

The tour will feature a rotating group of comedians including Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Kumail Nanjiani, Demetri Martin, Baron Vaughn, James Adomian, Kate Berlant and Taylor Tomlinson.

The tour's first stop is Thursday night at East Los Angeles City College. (Get your tickets here). The other announced dates on the tour are: 

  • Oct. 6 at Sonoma State
  • Oct. 9 at San Diego State 
  • Oct. 10 at UC Riverside
  • Oct. 14  at Cal State Northridge
  • Oct. 17 at Cal State L.A.
  • Oct. 21 at Humboldt State
  • Oct. 23 at UC Berkeley

“We believe comedy is the political art form of this generation,” said Brad Jenkins, managing director of Funny or Die's office in Washington. “This historic comedy tour is what Funny Or Die does best -- we reach young people where they are, on their terms, and inspire them to action." 

Steyer, who is said to be considering a run for California governor, launched a $25-million effort to register young voters through his super PAC Next Gen Climate Action earlier this year.

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