Comedy and Racism

21 May

Although the title seems very serious, this is not really the case.

The Box

Or is it?

As mentioned in a previous post, I am expanding my horizons by venturing into the whole stand-up comedy experience. So far it has been awesome, and I look forward to many more gigs. Comedy is giving me an opportunity to voice my opinions in a funny, entertaining way. One of the things I feel very strongly about, is racism. I think that I might make more use of the platform given to me to shake some cages and rattle some chains on this topic.

On the other hand, maybe I just enjoy talking shit and making people laugh. Let’s see where this journey takes us.

Here’s a short clip from a set I did on Sunday at The Box Comedy, POP Art Theatre in Johannesburg.

The sound is better than the previous post’s clip, but still shit. If anyone wants to donate a video cam to me, feel free to do so 😉

I would love to hear your opinion on this matter. Is it OK for white comedians to venture into racial comedy, or is that a right reserved for coloured and black comedians?

4 Responses to “Comedy and Racism”

  1. Stix 21 May 2013 at 13:30 #

    Eerlikwaar, ek dink dit is ‘n tema wat heeltemal vermy moet word omdat elke Suid-Afrikaanse comedian dit doen, maar dit is net ek.

    Kyk byvoorbeeld na Trevor Noah, hy is Suid-Afrika se bekendste comedian (al is hy kak) en hy doen net race jokes. Suid-Afrika se bekendste comedian is 100% one dimensional.

    • BaasDeBeer 21 May 2013 at 13:57 #

      Ek stem saam met jou, dit kom voor of almal dit doen, maar dis asof daar ‘n unspoken rule is dat coloured en swart comedians mag fun maak van almal, en wit net van hulself.
      Ek scheme as mens ‘n nuwe level kan inbring, kan dit pret wees.

      Maar ja, dit kan maklik as ‘n comedic cop-out voorkom. Thanx!

  2. Azevedo 22 May 2013 at 14:15 #

    It’s completely OK as long as you’re not Michael Richards 😀


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