Jerry Seinfeld set off a firestorm last week with his comments on racial and gender variety in comedy, saying “who cares?” when it was pointed out during an interview on CBS This Morning that most of the guests involved in his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Web series were white males.
“You’re funny, I’m interested,” explained the domain-mastering chuckle-chaser. “You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that.”
If Seinfeld has no truck with racial diversity, neither does the Underground Comedy Railroad Tour, an off-the-rails cross-country jaunt exclusively involving black Canadian comics, a distinct minority.
Inspired by the original Underground Railroad, which provided routes for freedom to American slaves of African descent in the 19th century, the road show hopes to introduce laugh hounds Rodney Ramsey, Patrick Haye, Andrew Searles, Daniel Woodrow, Keesha Brownie and Eddy King to mainstream audiences.
Next stop is Ottawa (Feb. 17), where the funny should connect – not create – any divides.