The Most Races Show On Earth! Returns To Charleston For More Laughs
Ten years ago, The Most Races Show On Earth! was founded by Neil Bansil and four other comedians in their hometown of Toronto, Canada. Since then, the show has grown to feature over 60+ comedians of various backgrounds hailing from L.A. to New York, from Atlanta to Montreal.
The Most Races Show On Earth continued to perform in Toronto annually, while also touring across the country, including an 18 city tour of the southeast in 2013. When Bansil relocated to Charleston, a new flagship city was established for the show. For three years in a row, Most Races Show On Earth has sold out its slot at The Charleston Comedy Festival.
“We chose Charleston, not only because it is my new hometown, but because it is quickly becoming one of the most progressive cities in the Southeast,” says Bansil, who will host the show at Charleston Music Hall, Saturday, June 21 which will feature seven comedians of various ethnic and racial backgrounds and a live band, The Executives.
The comedy line up includes:
Clayton English, African American (The Improv, Atlanta)
Dave Merheje, Lebanese-Canadian (Just For Laughs, Toronto)
Caleb Synan, American (Laughing Skull, Atlanta)
Mia English, African American (Girl Behaving Badly, Atlanta)
Daniel Tirado, Polish-Peruvian (Gotham Comedy Club, NYC)
Cory Fernandez, Puerto-Rican (Def Comedy Jam, NYC)
Jason Farr, American (Alchemy Comedy, Greenville, SC)
The Most Races Show on Earth! is not merely a gimmick, but a real effort to show humanism through comedy.
“The relationships between different cultures are always going to be relevant, and comedy is one of the true art forms that has the ability to tackle this issue head on. There is shock value in the truth, but it’s that initial shock that helps us to better understand one another as well as create dialogue. The more we realize our differences, the more we realize that we are the same because we all laugh at the same things. And with a truly multicultural crowd at every show, our audiences seem to get it as well,” says Bansil.
That is true, and the reactions from the audience members offstage can be even more insightful than the jokes from the comedians onstage. Stand up comedy is about connecting, this happens between the performers and the audience, but also among the audience itself. You have probably experienced this before: While laughing at a joke you begin to look around the room and find yourself “checking in” with complete strangers—“That was funny, agreed?” The laugher means yes.
And at the Most Races Show On Earth, when these moments happen, you are agreeing to something much broader than the humor of a joke, but rather that we are all in on the joke together.
The Most RACES Show on Earth! takes place on Saturday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 for adults; $15.00 for groups of six or more. A portion from each ticket sold will go to local non-profit, Corpus Callosum.
Call 843.853.2252, visit http://www.etix.com, or visit the Charleston Music Hall box office in person at 37 John Street.