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Laughter Against the Machine, anchored by W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green and Janine Brito, has built a space for a comedy where the comedians and the audience to expect to be challenged, to laugh, and think at the same time. It’s an issue-oriented, no-holds-bar show with no preconceived expectations, no party lines, and certainly no cheerleading – because they have beef with everybody, including themselves.
The show kicks off LATM’s tour to the most polarized places in the USA. LATM will bring a comedic peace-keeping mission to the front lines of American political controversy to find out if comedy can illuminate truth and bring people together. More P-Funk All Stars than the Beatles, LATM brings like-minded comics to throw down. The group recently returned from delivering one of the biggest shows of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, which included Margaret Cho, Jimmy Dore, Hari Kondabolu, and Aparna Nancherla.
ABOUT The Comedians
W. KAMAU BELL, One of the fastest-rising socio-political comics in the United States. Praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our nation’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit,” Kamau has been voted San Francisco’s best comedian by three different publications. His new stand up album, Face Full of Flour, made the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2010 list at iTunes and Punchline Magazine. Kamau recently performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where his set was filmed for HBO Canada. He also performed at the New York Comedy Festival, where he was a critic’s pick in Time Out NY, who gave his solo show “FOUR STARS” and offered that, “Bell finds comic gold in the wide range of material he mines, offering provocative insights into an ugly reality.” Robin Williams declared him, “ferociously funny.” He is best known for his critically acclaimed solo show “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.” The SF Weekly has called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho,” though he was more excited that they called him “handsome.” Visit him online at wkamaubell.com
NATO GREEN, San Francisco native was named SF Weekly’s Best Comedian of 2010 for getting “smarter and faster” and putting on “legendary” shows that keep audiences “doubled over.” Punchline Magazine called Nato a “more aggressive white gentleman.” Nato is the creator of Iron Comic, the Iron Chef-spoofing comedy game show that packed houses at SF Sketchfest for four years. The East Bay Express reported that onstage Nato “has a knack for pushing boundaries,” the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Nato “had the hordes howling.” Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, said Nato is, “Righteous and hilarious, bracing and a hoot, Nato Green is like finding a shot of bourbon at your co-worker’s stupid vegan potluck.” www.natogreen.com
JANINE BRITO started doing standup comedy in St. Louis and is now a rising star on the San Francisco scene. She is a regular at the Punch Line, winner of the 2009 SF Women’s Comedy Competition, and recipient of Rooftop Comedy’s 2010 Silver Nail Award. A sarcastic, snarky smart bomb of comedy funk straight from the 80’s, Janine has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and The SF Weekly called her “a mean lesbian”. But she’s pretty sure that they meant it in a good way. www.janinebrito.com