And thinking about the ultra-white comedy shows I’ve been to made me think about Aamer Rahman’s show which I saw in June (I haven’t been to many comedy things in general, but yeah.)
Aamer Rahman doesn’t care if white people are uncomfortable with what he says, what he cares about is making his shows a safe space for brown and black people (and women and queers, this was also very clear)
And I remember leaving his show feeling really really good in a way that I didn’t quite feel tonight or after John Finnemore’s shows, in a way that didn’t have anything to do with how much I’d laughed (although for the record, Aamer Rahman is unrelentingly hilarious as well as politically on point in his shows)
And I need more of that. I come into contact with enough obliviously privileged bullshit that I can’t avoid because of the things I’m interested in, so in all other instances I want to stay free of that as far as possible.
Also at the show tonight I was sitting next to this posh white dude who was talking on the phone the whole time before the show, saying shit like ‘oh yeah everyone needs a bit of Whitney Houston in their life’
'I think I'll quit my job at the end of November, I'm bored of it'
'to be honest I only work to have something to do'
'maybe one day I'll find a job I won't get bored of, all my jobs so far have been boring so I end up quitting'
'is she in MILAN? How does she end up in all these different PLACES?'
I just saw Stephen Fry’s show live and in person (and got a copy of his new book which was included in the ticket price, YEAHHHH) and I dunno, I’ve found that I come away from comedy shows by middle class white dudes (and attended overwhelmingly by posh white people) feeling disillusioned (the same thing happened with both of the John Finnemore shows I went for).
He said some good stuff (about Oscar Wilde, drugs, books) and a fair bit of iffy/shitty stuff (about the monarchy, race, sex workers, class, capitalism, probably more) and now that I’m a bit more aware of stuff I guess I don’t idolise him so much anymore.
He’s definitely an EXCELLENT storyteller though, he read a few choice humorous extracts from his new book and I feel like I can only dream of being as good with my voice as he is. That bit was great.