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Aziz Ansari and Russell Peters in Chicago

Posted by litdaily on June 12, 2011

South Asian comedian Aziz Ansari will be performing at Genesee Theatre in suburban Waukegan on June 14 as part of his “Dangerously Delicious” comedy tour.  Ansari’s  roles as Tom Haverford in NBC’s Parks and Recreation and as stand up comedian Randy in Judd Apatow’s Funny People have received critical attention. Both Haverford and Randy are annoying characters, but Ansari makes them funny and memorable through his characteristic deadpan delivery. His material and characters play around with racial identity in interesting ways: his racial status is never denied but also never seems central to his roles…more>>

Russell Peters will be performing with George Lopez at the Rosemont Theatre on June 18 as part of the 2011 TBS Just for Laughs Chicago Festival…more>>


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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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