How much do panhandlers really make? Can you possibly make a living at this? How much of a difference does a funny sign make? Will people give to a guy in a banana suit? Does every sign have to say "God Bless?" Important questions. I aim to find the answers. Give me a dollar. God Bless.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Sacramento News and Review

"The myth of the comfortable cadger

Everybody knows pandhandlers actually make serious bank and only pretend to be poor and desperate, right?

Uh, well, OK. Some people think that. Which is why local comedian Keith Lowell Jensen decided to see what kind of living he could really make by hanging out at freeway exit ramps with naught but a cardboard sign, his wit and no shame.

With local filmmakers Jonathan Morken and John Astobiza, Jensen documents his experiences in a new film, Why Lie? I Need a Drink, premiering at the Crest Theatre Friday, March 7.

Doors open at 7:30 for an 8:30 show, which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Visit for more information. Thank you and God bless."

Jon Kiefer arts editor, Sacramento News and Review



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