Staff Pick: 'American Mayor'

Andy Downing

Oftentimes, politics and comedy don't mix. For proof, simply check out the Twitter account belonging to Republican governor-turned-pundit Mike Huckabee (recent sample tweet: “Leave @tedcruz alone! He didn't like PORN-he liked CORN and it was his first overture to Iowa voters for 2020! Sheesh! Case closed!,” which, yeesh).

Comedian Travis Irvine strikes a far better balance in “American Mayor,” a documentary tracing his 2007 run for mayor of Bexley, which first made the festival rounds in 2010 and will be re-released via Amazon Video on Tuesday, Sept. 19. To celebrate the occasion, the Drexel Theatre will screen the doc at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, after which there will be a moderated panel featuring Irvine and current Bexley mayor Ben Kessler, among others.

In the trailer for the 40-minute film, Irvine introduces himself via voiceover, saying, “Hi, my name is Travis Irvine. 24 years old. I don't have a job. I live with my parents. And I'm running for mayor of my hometown.” So, unlike some politicians, at least give the standup comic points for honesty.

“American Mayor”

Drexel Theatre

6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18

2254 E. Main St., Bexley