Sunday, 21 August 2011

FRINGE REVIEW: The W. Kamau Bell Curve - Ending Racism in About an Hour * * *


The W. Kamau Bell Curve - Ending Racism in About an Hour
Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance Beneath, 3-29 Aug, 9.30pm
* * *

Perhaps ending racism in an hour is a bit ambitious but this ‘African-American’ certainly goes for it as he brings to light the shameless ways of the world; and it’s funny, ‘cause it’s true.

It’s arguably more honest than hilarious, although there are several times when the two do catch precisely the right balance. Other times, think Jon Stewart, crossed with Sesame Street.

Words that the media use to make us feel better are ridiculed like ‘Caucasian’, ‘minority’, and his favorite, ‘post-racial’ - which Bell reckons means ‘absolutely NOTHING.’ He begs whites to please stop asking to touch his hair, tries to convince one audience member that perhaps claiming ‘blacks love my husband’ is blatantly not the correct thing to say, and, quite logically, insists that when the world stops making sense, it’s simply time to die.

Very smart, and pretty funny, but not for someone who’s not quite up to the ethical challenges that arise - although that’s may also be the sort of person who would benefit from brand of humour.

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