Christian Lander Author of Stuff White People Like
“Racial humor hits Meany Hall” The Daily of the University of Washington, October 1, 2009, By Morgan Gard
Dawg Daze isn’t normally filled with this kind of thing: shows where stereotypes rule, places and environments where a kid can whip out the n-word in an amplified question directed at one person but heard by over a thousand. But then again, it’s not usually full of double comedy bills and a guy talking about raping a watermelon (a lot) either.
The fact that there were both of these, in one night and one venue, at the Dawg Daze comedy show, is a kind of happy miracle like what happens when a scientist’s response to “Is this a bad idea?” is “Let’s do it and find out.”
Dawg Daze coordinators experimented pretty heavily with this one, using Dawg Daze’s first-ever double-billed comedy show to bring in Elon James White, of the “This Week in Blackness,” web show, and Christian Lander, author of the “Stuff White People Like” blog and the bestselling book of the same name.
On a bill where the main gag is racial humor, self-deprecating and otherwise, a healthy dose of tension and trepidation is to be expected. Backstage, though, all the Dawg Daze coordinators were just concerned with making sure the performers were comfortable and that the show wasn’t going to run long. As for White and Lander, who had never met each other before tonight, they were joking around about terrifying all the freshmen in the crowd — both of them were all for it.
Of the two, White was the only actual comedian there that night. His routine was all stand-up, based on criticizing the concept of a “post-racial America” such as the phrase “I don’t see color”