C.J.: Kluwe joke gets Winstead seal of approval

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 10, 2013 - 6:54 PM

Chris Kluwe gave fellow NFLer and gay marriage rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo a joke poking fun at political satirist Lizz Winstead.

Winstead loved it.

“That’s the sign of someone comfortable in their own comedy when they can give away good material,” she told me Tuesday. “It means that they know they have an arsenal of material with which to work. That was the most impressive thing of all for me. He tweeted I was funny, too, which was super fun.”

Winstead met Kluwe, a Vikings kicker, and Ayanbadejo, of the Super Bowl-winning Ravens, when they were honored at the fifth annual PFLAG National Straight for Equality Awards in NYC last week. Winstead was the event’s master of ceremonies.

When Winstead was home in Minnesota a few months ago, she expressed a desire to meet Kluwe someday because she likes his politics and his writing style.

Kluwe, a married father of two, rose to prominence as a gay marriage proponent in 2012 after writing a letter that both educated and attacked a Maryland legislator who had criticized Ayanbadejo for his statement supporting gay marriage.

Kluwe’s letter included some naughty language that I maintain was not necessary to make the point. But Winstead has told me I’m wrong.

Winstead said the line Kluwe gave Ayanbadejo was “too dirty” to repeat.

She and I shared more family-friendly humor during our phone call, when Winstead said, “You know Brendon’s last name, right?”

Channeling Fred Flintstone, I answered Abbadabadaba...?

“Exactly,” she said. “He’s a doll.”

The co-creator of “The Daily Show” will celebrate her 30th year in comedy and the paperback release of her book, “Lizz Free or Die,” at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis on May 11. Winstead family members and at least two famous friends are flying in to appear with Lizz.

Vonn comfortable in Tiger spotlight

Lindsey Vonn is apparently not going to shut down every time somebody brings up her famous man-friend’s name.

Vonn, whose presence at the Masters may be as highly anticipated as Tiger Woods’, was as the Vail Celebration of Champions last week when she went on stage and took some questions. She’s fearless.

In a clip I saw on TV, Vonn was saying that she likes to spend time hanging with her family and friends. Someone yelled out, “What about Tiger?” Vonn responded “OK, guys, I play golf.”

Based on how serious and humorless Woods can be — and especially since his statement announcing their dating relationship and asking for “privacy” — I was worried that the Olympic ski champion was going to adopt Tiger’s public facade on such matters.

Not to worry just yet. But fans might not want to test Vonn by yelling out something impertinent like this headline from International Business Times:

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