The Minorities Standup – Comedy Through The Eyes Of Minorities

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Comics Edwin Li have produced a new monthly show entitled, “The Minorities Standup” taking place the third Wednesday every month at Stage Werx in San Francisco focusing on underrepresented stories.

The duo blast away at various stereotypes that portray the minorities as goofballs in the mainstream media and entertainment. They take shots current events and the absurdities that they experience in America. Voicing the opinions of minorities through humor, they share a sardonic viewpoint that doesn’t shy away from highlighting the absurdities of their own cultures.

The next show is set for June 20th.

Li opens the show each month and approaches comedy through stories from his perspective as a native San Franciscan who’s also a second-generation Chinese American. Focusing on dilemmas of identity and growing up, Li wonders how a nerd grows up to be a man, and how identity is forged in a climate where Linsanity and entertainment figures take center stage over hardworking school kids. Li’s currently mining these issues in his latest Independent film, funded by San Francisco’s Purple Onion Comedy Club, where he plays a “fictional” character: A nerd comedian trying to become a man. He has also been featured in independent films Chinese Connection, Slap Stick and Come Back To Me.

As a first-generation immigrant to San Francisco, Samson Koletkar’s acerbic wit doesn’t pull punches. His targets include Danville residents who mistake him for a terrorist, Americans who don’t believe an Indian can be Jewish, and the tenets of the Jewish faith itself. Driven by personal trials and tribulations, his socially aware comedy highlights religious hypocrisies, social issues, and day-to-day ludicrousness of human nature. His humor ranges from a cultural critique of female infanticide in India to the advantages and disadvantages of speaking with an Indian accent in the US. Koletkar was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. With a Masters degree in Computer Software, he moved to San Francisco to work in IT, before taking the plunge in the field of Standup and has been featured on NPR, CBS, and Asian Jewish Life Magazine.

Minorities Standup is created by Mission resident Koletkar, whose weekly showcase Comedy Off Broadway Oakland was the only regular comedy show in Oakland when it started three years ago. In January the East Bay Express named COBO one of the “Top Ten Theatrics for 2012.”

The Minorities Stand Up is every third Wednesday of the month at Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St, San Francisco, from 7:30 – 9pm (June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, September 19th). Admission is $10 in advance online, $12 at the door. For tickets, visit or call (415) 676-1371.

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