Micheal Che: Cartoon Violence
The New York comic shows skill at delivering solid material in front of a tough crowd
This article is from 2013.
At the end, this tough, young, sharp comic who came up from New York City’s projects apologises for it being a ‘strange show’. Michael Che is referring to the row of humourless hecklers in the front who piped up intermittently, occasionally in a threatening manner. But no apology is necessary; Che manages the interjections with such grace and cheek that the local eejits end up making him look even better.
And then there was the 13-year-old kid, underage in a late-night show with his parents either side of him. ‘Wait ‘til you hear the second half of my show,’ Che says, seemingly somewhat nervous before running an XXX-rated routine. But he needn’t have worried; he handles the kid with such charm that once again he ends up on the winning side.
Che’s masterstroke, on a clearly tricky night, was to bounce back and forth between the annoying adults and the kid, while still maintaining his cool and the semblance of a routine that took in such serious issues as race and sexual politics. Would he have been as good with an easy crowd? One suspects, yes, he would.
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