Comedy is not a pursuit for the faint of heart, and that goes for audiences and comics alike. Lately, there’s been a widespread and mercilessly drawn-out public debate over what exactly counts as “offensive,” and how that may or may not be something quite separate from old-fashioned hate– you know, the classics, like racism, misogyny, homophobia. Meanwhile the term “safe space” has become so common, so misused and abused, that invoking it comes with some seriously heavy baggage that makes it almost impossible to use without infuriating some people and inspiring others to swoon.
Comedian and civil rights activist Elsa Waithe hosts this monthly showcase of underrepresented comics (i.e. anyone who doesn’t identify as a straight, white male/ the scourge of the earth). For this iteration, the Experiment Comedy Gallery, Williamsburg’s newish DIY comedy club founded by Mo Fathelbab, where a commitment to diversity has become one of the venue’s defining features (that and cheap shows!). This month, Waithe welcomes a lineup of Asian-American standup comics including Andrew Lee, Kate Moran, Jocelyn Chia, Masafumi Abe, and more TBA.