Wyatt Cenac | Laugh Factory | Stand-Up | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Oct. 25 2014
Price: $25 plus two-drink minimum
Wyatt Cenac is a TV Fan. It goes well beyond casual fandom, actually—TV is a way of life for him. On his first special, 2011's Comedy Person, a frustrated Cenac can't help but fantasize about a romance with his tubeless neighbor. "By sweeps she moves into my place, and we turn her place into a detective agency. That's what's supposed to happen, but she doesn't know that, because she doesn't watch TV!" And though the comic waxes poetic about his time spent in front of the television, that doesn't mean his brain cells are fried. Cenac's humor is rooted in an intellectual understanding of social and political issues—even if the punch line is dependent on a "yo mama" setup. ("Your mama is like Darfur. Everyone feels bad for her, but no one really wants to help her.") A perfect fit for the The Daily Show, Cenac served as a writer and correspondent for four years. During his tenure alongside Jon Stewart he smartly broached delicate subjects, like building a mosque on the hallowed Ground Zero and showing solidarity in reaction to the Trayvon Martin shooting­ (sure, John Oliver can wear a hoodie, but that would just be too dangerous for Cenac). He left The Daily Show in 2012 to begin working on his own projects, including the follow-up to Comedy Person, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn. The Netflix special allowed Cenac to create a bigger production, introducing surprise cameos and puppets into the mix. The bells, whistles, and political commentary are all still included, but Cenac's giddiness when describing the cat videos he comes across while "watching TV" on his work computer is downright infectious. It's the simple things that make him delightful. —Brianna Wellen



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