Daily Notes on Literature, Pop Culture & Media, and Academia

Your Weekly Moment of Seriousness

Posted by litdaily on August 21, 2010

    Enjoy your weekend with this clip of South Asian stand-up comic Hari Kondabolu performing at John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show:

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    Unlike Russell Peters’ stand-up routine which approaches the topic of “race” with the logic “I make fun of all races and therefore I cannot be called a racist” (in which it is quite resonant with Carlos Mencia’s approach; Mencia’s website bears the tagline “Equal Opportunity Offender”), Kondabolu’s comedy steers away from a simplistic idea of “race” to instead reveal the presence of racism and residues of colonialism in our everyday lives. Thus, Kondabolu’s comedy is more subtle and at the same time allows for more complexity and power.

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