what about when you know its time for a laugh, but you’re not sure you remember how? that’s when comedy gets all temple, gets all church on you, mosque on you, and now you down on your knees praying to the gods for rebirth. it is such an honor to do comedy.
so netflx’d russel peters new one, red white and brown. been rewinding it, studying it like a katt williams cut, like the latin kings of comedy, or pryor live on sunset strip. and i copped john stewart’s new book, “earth.” the premise of the book: it’s an encyclopedia about earth and human life for aliens, who’ve unfortunately found earth too late to catch our greedy species before we self-combusted. the shit had me laughing shamelessly all over brooklyn, in the park, in the station, by the boathouse, on the bike lane. here’s a couple lines, and i’ve only just begun.
the section on “natural disasters,” in the part on “hurricanes,” reads: “Aka, ‘typhoons’ or ‘cyclones,’ depending on ethnicity of victims. Characteristic damage: Perfectly good names, tarnished forever.”
um. depending on ethnicity of victims…hell. no. and also, it’s so true about the names, like, for real, who’s going to name their baby girl katrina, now? no one, that’s who.
the section on the continent of asia, reads: “Nickname: Tiny. Asia was our biggest continent…Nearly two-thirds of us lived here, many in our two most populous countries, India and China, which contained over a billion (cheap workers) human beings. Much of Asia’s southwest was paradoxically called the Middle East. It is a hot, sandy, unlivable wasteland, and people died by the millions to keep possession of it.”
why is this passage hilarious? first, doesn’t the actor who played deebo on friday, go by “tiny?” second, the lighthearted way he talks about modern day slavery in India and China. third, the fact that geographically the middle east is in the southwest region of asia is too cute. our maps are so damn imperialist oriented.
i recently heard stewert’s interview with terry gross at the 92Y, and i have to say, i dig the guy for his political stance. and i feel so thankful to him that he does his art, every damn day. what an inspiration.