The Most Races Show on Earth! tackles racism through comedy

(Photo by Lydia Peacock)

“The Most Races Show On Earth” uses comedy to open the door for conversations about race. (Photo by Lydia Peacock)

Last week Charleston Music Hall got the most races it has in a while.

No, you did not read that wrong.

On Thursday, Sept. 8 the stand-up comedy show “The Most Races Show on Earth” made its mark on Charleston nightlife. For most people today, conversations about diversity and race relations can be sticky or uncomfortable. It is hard for people to talk about, much less ask about, a race that is not their own. But the troop in MRSOE! took the conversation on with ease while making the crowd erupt with laughter.

The multicultural group of stand-up comedians have all made names for themselves appearing on NBC’s show “The Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central and various other big name comedy scenes. Beginning the night was Rob HaZe, a young comedian from Atlanta who came on stage wearing a fox tail. HaZe’s act was nothing short of hilarious while also tackling the concept of black versus white. KT Tatara followed with an incredibly well done and amusing piece about being biracial. Tatara is half Japanese and made a lot of really funny but true statements about the reality of being of mixed origins. He pointed out the way society treats multiracial people, and how it is generally related with being “confused.”

The show went on to include jokes about current issues such as immigration, police brutality and white privilege all in a way that emphasized the importance of having conversations about such topics. The MRSOE! repeatedly referred to their show as “a conversation about race” and stressed that racism and other pending issues in our society come from the unknown. The crowd was filled with people from all different backgrounds, and they all were confronted by the comedians about their knowledge of other races. This idea of educating oneself about other races was something all the comedians focused on, suggesting that racism is a result of ignorance. Through making plays on their own races and poking fun at others, the comedians told the audience about the importance of informing oneself about other races.

Funny engagement in racial topics continued all night, and kept the audience falling out of their seats with laughter. The show’s whole purpose was to have people of different backgrounds come together to not only laugh about, but better understand race. Going to a comedy show might not seem like a way to help the cause, but the MRSOE! is starting necessary conversations with every audience it meets — and that is definitely a good place to begin.

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