Sarah Silverman and Wyatt Cenac on Rick Perry Presents “Niggerhead Ranch”

Laughing to keep from crying.

Sarah Silverman rocks:

Comedian and TV actress Sarah Silverman is set to thump Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry with a provocatively titled live comedy show in his home state.

Silverman is marshaling fellow comics for a fund-raiser in Texas titled, “Live From N*****head: Stripping The Paint Off Of Good Ol’ Fashioned Racism.”
The title refers to the controversy over Perry’s West Texas hunting campground where the candidate has entertained friends and supporters. The campground’s former name, “Niggerhead,” was painted on a rock at the entrance for many years.

“This is a never-forget moment,” Silverman said. “The show’s provocative name holds a mirror up to an ugliness that seems to have become yesterday’s news without having barely even made news.”

The show will be announced Friday and held at the Paramount Theater in Austin on Nov. 1. Silverman plans to donate all proceeds to the NAACP.
Asked about the mocking use of the N-word in the title of a show to benefit the civil rights organization, Silverman told EW, “The positive thing about N-head and other outwardly racist actions — like trying to put the Confederate f—ing flag on Texas license plates — is that it’s no longer just a gas in the air. It’s something you can point to. It’s something you can fight against and expose. So I see this as an opportunity that should be taken.”

Right on, Sarah.

And just because I meant to post it two weeks ago, here is Wyatt Cenac’s hilarious bit on The Daily Show about Niggerhead Ranch:

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You’re welcome.

[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]

32 replies
  1. 1
    RosiesDad says:

    My son and I saw Wyatt’s bit when it was aired a couple of weeks ago. Like Jon Stewart, we were rolling on the floor laughing.

    Similarly, Larry Wilmore’s bit last week–when he talked about taking away Herman Cain’s Black card–was similarly hysterical.

    Give The Daily Show credit for calling bullshit on racism in a way that makes you think about the issue while you are laughing hysterically.

  2. 2
    Rekster says:

    I love Wyatt Cenac and Larry Wilmore. I’m not sure which one should be the Official Black Correspondent but they are hilarious.

  3. 3
    Dee Loralei says:

    My cousin is married to a cartographer,(his Army Specialty.) And he’s AA, LOL I wonder if he saw this?

  4. 4
    scav says:

    Shit Shit, what exact day was Wyatt from, was there really a guy from RMC on there? I might know them, ah!

  5. 5
    Gromitt Gunn says:

    Ooh! I work a few blocks from the Paramount. I’m going to have to see how much tickets are.

  6. 6
    scav says:

    @Dee Loralei: Well, there are clearly at least two AA cartographers in these them U-Nited States. RMC laid off their only one the same round I was let go.

  7. 7
    Tom Hilton says:

    Saw the Wyatt Cenac segment when it first appeared. The song at the end it one of the most brutally funny things I’ve ever seen on TV.

  8. 8
    AA+ Bonds says:

    Sarahhhhhhhhhh :D

  9. 9
    RossInDetroit says:

    “Live From N*****head: Stripping The Paint Off Of Good Ol’ Fashioned Racism.” would have been a no-brainer for Richard Pryor but in his much regretted absence I’m glad we have Sarah to get the job done.

  10. 10
    jfxgillis says:

    ABL:

    Kicks ass.

    As a matter of fact, ALL the front-pagers kicked ass today, and there’s good bit of today left to go.

  11. 11
    Jenny Eisenberg says:

    does the potential for this to devolve into “people from the south are dumb… and they talk funny” bother anybody? I’m a lifelong Southerner and I really do understand the problem of racism. But this just makes me uncomfortable. It’s mostly Northerners. They are holding it in Austin (where I suppose they feel safe). I really hope this does spark a debate and is funny as shit. But from the details released so far, I’m a little skittish.

  12. 12
    geg6 says:

    Sarah Silverman is teh awesome. I’d gay marry her in a second. That is all.

  13. 13
    AA+ Bonds says:

    @Jenny Eisenberg:

    I wouldn’t worry too much since it’s in Austin. Austin is like Asheville – they don’t want to hear about how “the South sucks” or whatever.

    The issue for cities like that is that certain Southerners don’t consider their residents to be “the South” because they don’t hate blacks and gays and hip hop shows and etc. They love the South, and much more than average, or they wouldn’t be there.

    Not to mention that “let them secede A HYURK HYURK” is way too anti-funny for Sarah Silverman – even on BJ, it’s only the dumbest commenters who try that one.

  14. 14
    Evolving Deep Southerner (tense changed for accuracy) says:

    @Jenny Eisenberg: Eisenberg? What kind of Southern name is Eisenberg? I smell bullshit here. (Just pullin’ your leg here, Jenny.)

  15. 15
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Jenny Eisenberg: I suspect they can handle making it just about the topic. And if they go after the racism, this southerner thinks it’s about time someone took no prisoners.

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    justawriter says:

    And for the ladies there are at least a dozen, ahem, twin peaks around the country at least locally named Nelly’s Nipples. (the mountain men were a lonely bunch with a rich fantasy life) Then there’s this collection. And of course, for the national park lovers, Grande Tetons supposedly means big tits.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    ARGH! Need to find this on the Comedy Channel. Guys, was this october 5? When?

  18. 18
    sneezy says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    [Residents of places like Austin] love the South, and much more than average, or they wouldn’t be there.

    I dunno about that. I lived in Austin for 17 years, until a little less than a year ago, and never noticed any such thing.

  19. 19
    Evolving Deep Southerner (tense changed for accuracy) says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Not to mention that “let them secede A HYURK HYURK” …

    I’m actually for that – PROVIDED there’s some mechanism built in for “island annexation” of the blue pockets. (And I’m hopelessly biased here. I currently live in the redneck-est part of Upstate South Carolina, but will be moving to Raleigh in about a month barring unforeseen catastrophe.)

    Let the rednecks experience the utopia that they wish for – and only let them back in the Union under the most utterly humiliating conditions imaginable.

  20. 20
    Jay says:

    Delicious Perry – bashing in Austin?

    Somebody should send a comp ticket to his chief apologist, a guy who celebrates the thought of an American ally killing our citizens: Joshua Trevino (Hi there, Big Red!).

  21. 21
    MikeJake says:

    WOOOOOO!

  22. 22
    Lojasmo says:

    Love Silverman.

  23. 23
    AA+ Bonds says:

    Guys I didn’t write “yeah the people I’m describing aren’t as lame as you think they are” so everyone could try and prove me wrong >:|

    Even joking about “allowing” the South to secede is pretty gruesome and anti-left. The land down there does not belong to the Confederacy, it belongs to the United States of America and its pesky Civil Rights Acts.

    It’s like joking about letting the Patriots win the goddamn Superbowl if they like it so much, ha ha ha @ _ @ NOT FUNNY.

  24. 24
    AA+ Bonds says:

    I mean you’re casually joking about damning Southern gay kids to the camps, basically, you’d have to be Sarah Silverman to pull that off

  25. 25
    Lolis says:

    I live in Austin. I am currently debating whether I should go. Tickets are 50 bucks plus a three dollar fee. Has anyone seen her live? Is it worth it for someone who doesn’t have a lot of cash?

  26. 26
    AA+ Bonds says:

    I could easily see a full-length Silverman sketch in which she takes “let the South secede, a hardy har har” to its natural outcome, white liberals clinking martini glasses from the cabin of a zeppelin, as South Carolina drafts imprisoned teenaged lesbians into their first Burn A Cross Corps mission on the multigenerational family property of a 90-year-old black woman

  27. 27
    AA+ Bonds says:

    @Lolis:

    It’s hard for me to tell anybody to spend a ton of money on anything nowadays but her standup show alone was fantastic and I’d argue that live and in person is the definitive way to see her

  28. 28
    smelter rat says:

    Why does The Daily Show discriminate against Canadians??? Not available in Canada? WTF? How the fuck am I supposed to watch this clip? Fuck.

  29. 29
    cosima says:

    Smelter Rat — go to comedy central’s site. That’s how we watched clips when we lived in Canada. If you can’t do that any longer then yes, they are discriminating against Canadians. Because they’re jealous.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Jenny Eisenberg: Don’t have a governor who has a camp named ‘n1ggerhead’ & maybe they won’t come to your state.

    Here in KY, we probably have some racist names on something & if they come here, well we earned it.

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    Jenny Eisenberg says:

    I think that “you have it coming” is a piss poor way to start a dialogue. And I am tired of Northerners (who set people on fire in recent memory over BUSING) acting like they have this superior understanding or blemishless record on race. That was part of the point of Wyatt Cenac doing his bit from Nigger Lake, NY. Racism is not determined by zip code. It is determined by assholes, which the South does not hold the trademark on. Am I defending the South? No. Our shitty record is more than against us. But people focus on racism in the South like there wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for Texas or Mississippi or Alabama, and that’s just not the truth, and it’s just another form of outgrouping. Which has never really proven beneficial for humanity.

  32. 32
    Paul in KY says:

    @Jenny Eisenberg: Your state (and my state) & most states have a racist history. Can’t run from it. owning up to it (as you do above) is a good start.

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