Political Opposites Chelsea Handler and Tomi Lahren to Face Off at Annual Politicon

The annual nonpartisan convention about politics happens July 29-30 at the Padadena Convention Center

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Comedian Chelsea Handler and conservative pundit Tomi Lahren will face off against one another at the third-annual Politicon politics convention, happening July 29-30 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

The nonpartisan event brings together politicians, pundits, comedians, and other entertainers, and features panel discussions, debates, comedy events, politically-oriented films and podcasts.


According to a Politicon rep who spoke with TheWrap, Handler will lead the discussion. It will be “similar to how she does her Netflix show. She’ll act as the host and essentially interview the guest (Tomi), and of course, she’ll interject her signature wit and opinions into the conversation.”

The precise date and time of the conversation has not been announced.

Handler, a liberal who notably led the Sundance Film Festival edition of the Women’s March earlier this year, has frequently used her Netflix talk show to criticize Donald Trump and Republicans generally. Meanwhile Lahren, who made her name as a host for conservative media outfit TheBlaze, notably dismissed participants in the Women’s March as “entitled crybabies” who want “free abortion.” However, less than two months later she was fired from TheBlaze after a public disagreement with owner Glenn Beck after she claimed to support abortion rights during an appearance on The View.

In addition to headliners Lahren and Handler, the convention will also host CNN’s Jake Tapper, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, and many other notable figures.

Incidentally, Handler was scheduled to debate Ann Coulter at Politicon 2016, but Coulter canceled shortly before the convention’s start date. That doesn’t appear to be a risk this year; Lahren seems pumped to debate Handler, as she shared an announcement of the event via her Twitter with the caption, “Let’s do this.”