If anybody knows the power of a well-placed naughty word, it's Dick Gregory. This is a guy who titled his 1964 autobiography Nigger
. But the pioneering comic, activist, and St. Louis native probably won't be working too blue when he and director Will Gorham discuss Gorham's documentary Clean Mic: Laughing Until It Hurts
at the Missouri History Museum's Lee Auditorium (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org
). What does it mean for black comedians to perform "clean" comedy to white audiences expecting a certain stereotype? How do comedians of other ethnicities navigate tricky ethnic issues? These and other questions will be addressed in an entertaining way this evening starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free — and there's no two-drink minimum.
Thu., Aug. 20, 2009