Kazu Kusano, Japanese female stand-up comedian

Kazu Kusano is a stand-up comedian, actress, playwright and Japanese. She’s hilarious and devastating, and shatters the stereotype of the demur Asian woman. Kazu is indescribably unique. She moves like a child in a playground, and her silly, yet dark comedy makes everything laughable from relationships to sexism, alcoholism to mental illness
 even Nagasaki. The Georgia Straight described Kazu as “(her show) signals a bold and important new voice […]

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KEEPING AMERICA LAUGHING: The Commerce of Laughter in the USA

Stand-up comedy in the United States got its start from monologists performing stump-speech monologues from within the minstrel shows of the early 19th century. It also has roots in various traditions of popular entertainment of the late 19th century, including vaudeville, English music hall, burlesque or early variety shows, humorist monologues by personalities such as […]

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