Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Found Objects, No. 12

Following my brief post (more a series of video clips) about African-American comedians and their ‘Africa’ jokes, blogger/musicologist Wayne & Wax alerted me to this album cover for Richard Pryor’s self-titled, debut comedy album in 1968. A few google searches later I was on the blog of Gary Burden, the cover designer, who has a post

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

‘The Real Housewives of Civil Rights’

It’s suppose to be funny. Winnie Mandela even makes an appearance.

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Found Objects, No.10: “Africa” jokes

There’s something about American comedians and Africa. You’re not sure whether they’re laughing at us or with us.  Not even some African-Americans comedians can steer clear of the stereotypes. There’s a research project in there somewhere for...

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

‘You know where Egypt is on a map?’

The “internet stand-up comedian” Kassem G talks to beach goers in Venice Beach, California, about what’s going in Egypt. Some sample responses: “The one with the Cairo river and the pyramids?” “We’re going to war with Egypt?”...

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Krusty the Clown’s Activism

The opening episode of the new series of “The Simpsons” features a convoluted plotline where the character Krusty the Clown ends up in the Hague tried for war crimes. This is a clip from the episode.  As...

Sunday, October 25th, 2009


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