Manoj: Confronting comedy stereotypes

The proverbial "they" always tell new comedians to embrace the things that make them unique but also relate to the audience. If you’re overweight, joke about that right away. If you have a different ethnic background, address it! That’s what they say, anyhow. I don’t even know who they are. In "Manoj," a short film by stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu that screened at this summer’s Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, Kondabolu visits an alternate universe where a comedian named Manoj is getting all of the laughs by "Indianing it up." It makes a statement not only about what Kondabolu must be thinking from time to time about his own comedy, but also about how and why the industry rewards whom it does. Worth watching. Live footage shot at the Comedy Underground in Seattle, with roles for the club’s longtime ass. man. Carl Warmenhoven and comedian David Cope. Enjoy. Note: Some language is NSFW.

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Sean L. McCarthy

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