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Keith Robinson Interview

It's like I can't even say "black" and I'm black!
If there is one thing that can be said about comedian Keith Robinson it is that he always speaks his mind. OK, let's say two things about him because the other thing is, he's fucking hysterical. If you aren't familiar with this Philly native (and now that you know two things about this incredibly talented comic), it's time to get acquainted. We've personally been a fan of his since Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, he's had his own half hour special, he often chimes in on Opie and Anthony, and to be perfectly honest with you all, if you don't see him when he headlines the Ontario Improv this April 3rd through 6th, you'll seriously be missing out. Now that we've laid down the way we feel about Keith (and we hope you picked it up), we're going to get you in tune with the way he feels about the "PC police," what his thoughts are on how comedy varies from the east to the west, and also, what the scoop is on his upcoming hour long special.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): It seems that you lean more towards the underground comedy scene over the mainstream but is that just because New York is more of a comedy mecca versus California?
Keith Robinson: I'm not underground because I really do everything. I'm not in a secret society were you have to have a password! Like, "black power." Yeah come on in! [Laughs.] I'm really not underground because I've done a lot of stuff! Hey, I'm out there!

No! I know you're out there, that's not what I meant at all. I mean there are more clubs out where you are and to us, it seems underground-ish. OK, I'm an asshole.
Do you mean I've done real shitholes? Is that what you call underground these days? No, I know what you mean. [Laughs.] And yeah, I've done some real shitholes! New York has a great comedy scene. The comedy scene. You just go out there and get dirty. Like whenever you leave a place, you have a stain on you. It's like grit. You leave there, you have a stain, and you feel good about it. That's how you know it's been real on stage. Like the Comedy Cellar is literally underground and then you have the Village Underground where you go down, and then really underground. You gotta creep in the cave. It's dark, you look around, and you're like, this is what I'm talking about! You just get so used to what you think is the norm but the these shows sell out consistently and they have two to three shows a night! We just go out and get dirty all weekend.

I hear ya and yeah, I'm a bit jealous. You touch on what some might say are "controversial topics." What do you think about the media backlash because of that?
Oh yeah. Everyone is so squeamish now like, oh what is he saying? Now it's like if you say anything gay, you're in trouble. You gotta go and apologize and say, "Hey I'm sorry! I'm coming out next week myself!" [Laughs.] It's like you just want to have some fun and of course, I'm not a guy who's against homosexuality because people can do what they do but, I can have an opinion sometimes! Damn! Can I get one opinion in about something? It's like I can't even say "black" and I'm black!

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