I’ve never defined what it is I like about comedians until now. I liked this act. Watching Krish Mohan perform I understood what appealed to me and why some comics don’t quite hit my mark. Don’t get me wrong, comedy is a very subjective discipline. What I like isn’t universal. Earlier in the week I shared a show (it doesn’t matter what show) with another reviewer. I loved the show. It wasn’t her cup of tea. Krish is my cup of tea.
What I look for in a comedian.
What I expect from a comedian and why I enjoyed this Indian comic is one in the same. Krish hit the mark and as I said helped me to stop and consider what I liked and why.
- He had a message. Krish’s message was about racism. He offered the perspective of a young man born in India, transplanted to America at eight years old, raised by a racist Indian father, and often asked as he was growing up, “Hey, what are you?”
- He was honest. His stories are real or at least based on his truth. You can’t make this stuff up you have to live it. Being threatened by his mother with reincarnation as a fly—that’s truth.
- His voice is real. If you want to speak from the heart and share a message, it’s a lot easier to do if you’re, you. Krish on the stage is…Krish. He’s not playing a role using some affected voice and exaggerated body language. It’s real.
- He’s got some comedy chops. Good jokes, tie backs, interesting stories, surprises, and timing—it works.
- He engaged the audience. Krish talked with us, not at us. He chided us, the audience, when we didn’t respond totally to his liking and applauded us when we got it. I don’t know about everyone else, but I felt like I was part of the show.
And that’s why you should see this show
Like I said in the beginning, my taste in comics probably isn’t the same as everyone who reads this review, but if you like what I like. If you appreciate comedians that deliver a message with style and truth, and make you LOL while they’re delivering the message, then go see the Indian Comedian, unless of course…you’re racist.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – 9:00pm
Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 6:00pm
Friday, August 21, 2015 – 7:30pm
Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 7:30pm
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