Any joke that references my ethnicity in a way that is boring or overdone will always make my eyes roll even if I say it on stage. I’d never ever say it as a bit, but I might riff a line about how I wish my career would blow up and how dangerous that is to say as a brown man. It’ll get a laugh, and it’ll probably help me transition to a joke I am proud of, but goddamn pretending brown people like me are terrorists is boring as fuck. What a waste of time. If I do that line ever again, shoot me on sight in the dick.
Eddie Murphy and (gulp) Bill Cosby made me laugh so hard as a kid. George Lopez showed me that you don’t have to be either black or white to be a comedian. Russell Peters showed me you can be Indian and a stand up comedian. Aziz Ansari proved you can be Indian and not talk about ethnicities for a whole hour. Guys like Hari Kondabolu and Kumail Nanjiani proved you can mix and match in order to talk about what is actually important to you as a person and if your ethnicity is part of it, so be it, because that doesn’t mean it has to dominate the hour. If any new comics are reading this, 1. throw this interview away and go read a better comedian’s answers 2. talk about what matters to you and more importantly be funny, and the audience will care.
It is a shame that Kurt Metzger is known for anything other than his hilarious stand up comedy. There is a reason that Louis CK recently called him his favorite stand up comedian. Kurt takes chances on stage like no other and his 2nd album “White Precious” is so so good. I totally recommend listening to it!