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January 5 @ 8:00pm

The Magic Negro & Other Blackness

The Magic Negro and Other Blackness

Have you ever pondered the idea that Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham might be racially charged? Is it possible to skip and listen to hip hop at the same time? Do black people actually carry around race cards? Well, maybe it’s time to take a closer look. Mark Kendall uses a series of comedic sketches to examine the representation of black males in the media in his critically acclaimed one-man show.  From prison to white flight, and even Reading Rainbow – we’ll explore some of the ways these images influence our views on race in everyday life. There will also be cookies.

Mark performs and teaches comedy in Atlanta at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company and Highwire Comedy. He first got into comedy while studying film at Northwestern University and had a chance to work at Comedy Central through the Chris Rock Summer School Program for up and coming comedy writers of color. During his time at Comedy Central, he pitched jokes to the writing staffs of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” He is currently touring with his one man show “The Magic Negro and Other Blackness” a sketch show that examines the depiction of black men in the media. For his work with the show, he was recently awarded “Best Professional Funny Man” by Creative Loafing Atlanta.