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Keith Knight posts first live action comedy skit

The K Chronicles and The Knight Life creator Keith Knight has posted his first live-action comedy skit.

From his blog:

I’m very excited to be finally posting a live-action comedy piece. It has all the elements of your average Keith Knight cartoon (race, humor), and it’ll probably get me in trouble. It was amazing how easy it came together considering all the elements involved. I’d like to thank everyone who helped out, and hope this is the first of many.

As far as the subject matter, let’s just say I think that PBS’s Antique Roadshow is the epitome of white privilege in America. You’d be hard-pressed to find any people of color on it, because people of color weren’t allowed to own anything previous to 1960!!

Community Comments

#1 Mike Lester
@ 4:15 pm

“because people of color weren?t allowed to own anything previous to 1960!!”

Really? That’s some fresh knowledge and possibly a typo because I was born in 1955 and my Dad sold cars in Atlanta long before I was born. To “people of color”.

But this is free speech and free speech includes lying. It also includes the freedom to make “live action comedy skit” slavery jokes -but only if you’re black. Or “progressive”.

#2 Mike Peterson
@ 4:23 pm

So it’s “lying” when Dean Young suggests that Dagwood could get his mouth around a sandwich that tall? And Rodney Dangerfield lied? His mother-in-law isn’t really big enough to lie all around an entire house? My god, Mike, next you’ll be telling us that Johnny Carson lied when he said it was so hot (pause for “how hot was it?”) it was so hot that he saw a dog chasing a cat and they were walking!

I can hardly wait until your live action comes out. And, yes, you can joke about saltines, woodpeckers and Harpo Marx impersonators without causing offense.

#3 G Louis Johnson
@ 8:24 pm

@Mike Lester, you could have made that video if you had the woman selling the slave impersonate Paula Dean. I’m surprised Keith didn’t go there. It would have been a satirical twofer.

#4 Donald A. Rex Jr.
@ 8:26 am

I think this is a brave piece of satire Alan. We have to attempt some dialogue about race that goes somewhere besides polarization.

Is the satire offensive? Or is the historical practice satired offensive? I for one refuse to accept that ?people of color? drove cars previous to 1960; those who claim such are flaming pants types with noses resembling telephone wires.

#5 Philip Taterczynski
@ 11:55 am

P.J. O’Rourke had a semblance of a sense of humor when he was with the Harvard and National Lampoon, but he lost it. Fox News tried their own version of “The Daily Show” and failed. Dennis Miller thinks he’s funny but can only manage being mean-spirited. Dozens of right-wing pundits say horrible things and call them “jokes”. It’s apparent that conservatives have a defective notion of what humor is.

If I knew nothing of Mike Lester or his work, I could instantly infer his political stance from his brief comment. He may be able to depict satire or irony (it’s almost impossible to be an editorial cartoonist without being able to do so) but seems to be incapable of recognizing it in the works of others. An apocryphal ancient proverb says, “He who laughs last didn’t get it.”

#6 Howard Cruse
@ 11:36 am

Nice satire, Keith!

#7 Jim Lavery
@ 6:31 am

Ouch. Awesome satire on slavery and slaveholders. This will show them–and hopefully, one day, things will change.

#8 Gerry Mooney
@ 7:38 am

Yes Philip, they get offended because they don’t really understand humor or irony except as an extension of their own meanness.

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