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Meet the comedians of The Awkward Comedy Show – a documentary film about black comedians proud to refer to themselves as black nerd comics.
I profiled it on this blog yesterday (read that post Here).
The film was said to have been made with the ultimate goal of “changing how audiences view not only black comedians but also black comedy as a whole.”
The story goes… The Awkward Comedy Show is a new stand-up performance documentary spotlighting 4 African American comics who proudly consider themselves “black nerd comedians.”
Awkward comedians Victor Varnado, Hannibal Buress, Eric André and Baron Vaughn “bring to their routines the arrogant street-wise swagger of computer programming, Shakespearean drama, and playing the tuba,” with the ultimate goal of changing how audiences view not only black comedians but also black comedy as a whole.
Comedian Marina Franklin serves as interviewer, peering into the minds of the performers.
The film is said to “offer an off-stage look at the Awkward Comedy Show comedians as well, with behind the scenes footage and interviews, blended with personal vignettes illustrated by underground comic book artists.”
The 80-minute film aired on Comedy Central on April 9th, and I had no idea! Didn’t see any ads for it that I recall, so I didn’t watch it. »
The Awkward Comedy Show has lofty goal in mind – it hopes to change how you view not only black comedians but also black comedy as a whole. In a scant 80 minutes, it doesn’t quite reach these heights. It does act as a calling card for five stand-up comedians of varied cultural origins but equal skill on the mike. These are funny people, make no mistake about it, and the best decision director Victor Varnado (who appears as one of the comics) makes is to focus more on their sets than conversational pieces and a few animated sequences that seem to exist more to pad out the running time than to personify the five comics.
Marina Franklin, Victor Varnado, Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre and Baron Vaughn are what the back cover of this calls “alternative comedians.” That’s another way of saying you don’t of them very often. The »
- Mark Zhuravsky
3 items from 2010
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