as well as the fact he dates a white woman. (“I don’t really see it as dating a white girl,” White said in the Q&A section that capped off the show, “I date a really nice girl named Emily.”)
White loves stereotypes, it’s clear — for a racial comedian, they’re not just bread and butter but manna from Heaven. But what sets his act apart is the fact that he recognizes, early on in the show, that he uses stereotypes because he can’t help but see the world that way and play off it.
Lander is the same way, using his “Stuff White People Like” blog to poke fun at his own culture in a hilariously prescient way. A writer at heart, Lander used his time mostly to tell the story of his own meteoric rise to super-stardom, from starting the blog as a joke for friends to published author and cultural force in less than six months. He’s even started work on the pilot for a “Stuff White People Like” TV show, which will hopefully air on Fox (“Of course, Fox,” White said) in the Fall 2010 season.
So, was it funny? Of course it was funny. Two funny people, riffing off one another in front of 1200 people, has a zero-percent failure rate. What made the show special was the degree to which, more than anything else, everyone in the auditorium was in tune with the racial commentary. It’s not often a review of a comedy show about people making race-jokes ends with “Everyone had a good time” instead of “23 wounded,” but it’s certainly a testament to a still-racial America that, at the very least, we can all laugh at one another’s expense without singling out a soul.