Obama-Nation: Monday, February 23/09


N(erd)-word productions presents:

OBAMA-NATION Comedy/Art Show

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street, Toronto
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: $7.00

Hosted by Gavin Stephens
featuring Marvel & DC artist Ken Lashley
and comedians Gilson Lubin, Makasi Arthur & Daniel Woodrow

Shallow obtuse ethnic humor has no place in our future. Tired comedians, perpetuating old one-dimensional racial and ethnic stereotypes through overused premises, need not apply….

“It’s about time. It’s about change.”
— President Barack Obama

Intelligent comedy fans the future is bright! Already successful comedians creatively celebrating their heritage on stage without being “hacky” have entertained large audiences across America and the UK. Now that same spirit has sprouted up north of the border through a group of like-minded individuals calling themselves the Obama-Nation (stand-up for change).

“President Obama is iconoclastic,” says comedian Gavin Stephens. “He represents the very idea of not accepting imposed limitations on one's self based on social constructs.” N(erd)-word productions have reached out to comedians and comic book artists all over Canada to show the world that there are many different styles to the ethnic voice. “Comedians will now have to work harder in regards to Obama — him simply being Black is just not funny.”

N(erd)-word productions will kick off their inaugural event during Black History Month with the Obama-Nation Comedy/Art Show, Monday, February 23rd, at Beaver Hall Gallery. In addition to prolific performances from comedians from CTV, MTV, Spike TV, HBO and much more, the show will spotlight the President's other passion: comic books! Marvel and DC artist Ken Lashley will be showcasing his works from Black Panther, Marvel's new comic book series.

Hosted by Gavin Stephens, and featuring comedians Gilson Lubin, Makasi Arthur, and Daniel Woodrow, Obama-Nation will also have Ken Lashley's comics Black Panther #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #583 (various printings with the President-Elect Obama's appearance) available for purchase. This is a night to take in a different side of North American ethnic culture and to remember: It's not just enough to change the players. We've gotta change the game.

A portion of proceeds will be going to Sickle Cell research and Adult Literacy programs.

FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE CONTACT: idamahn@yahoo.com

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