Oakland Museum hosts an evening of Native American comedy

Recent TV hits such as Ed Helms’ “Reservation Dogs” and “Rutherford Falls” testify to the popularity of Native American comedy. People in the Bay Area can watch some of the ecosystem’s biggest names perform during “Good Medicine: A Night of Live Native Stand Up” at the Oakland Museum of California.

“Our community is packed with talented artists who create content that is relevant to our experience and that disrupts the general idea of ​​what it is to be Native American,” said Jackie Keliiaa, the Oakland comedian who produces and hosts the event. . (Buy tickets now, as 2021’s “Good Medicine” is sold out.)

The lineup includes three national comics: Siena East, Kasey Nicholson and Dash Turner. “You won’t find any stoic Hollywood tropes on this show; we use comedy to redefine indigenous identity in our own words and on our own terms,” ​​says Keliiaa. “This art is urgent. It must be heard, praised, celebrated and supported.”

The 90-minute show takes place on the grass under the stars, so bring a blanket or low chair. There will be food and drink for sale, a craft market with jewelry and clothing, and then a DJ dance party with jams from Native and East Bay bands.

Details: May 14, 7:30 PM; 1000 Oak St., Oakland; $25 tickets (discounts for students, seniors, and EBT holders) available at museumca.org/2022/good-medicine-native-comedy-show

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