Oakland Museum Hosts Native American Comedy Night
Recent television hits like “Reservation Dogs” and Ed Helms’ “Rutherford Falls” testify to the popularity of Native American comedy. Bay Area residents can watch some of the ecosystem’s biggest names perform at “Good Medicine: A Night of Live Native Stand Up” at the Oakland Museum of California.
“Our community is full of talented artists creating content relevant to our experience that upends the mainstream idea of what it is to be Native American,” says Jackie Keliiaa, the Oakland comedian who produces and hosts the event. . (Buy tickets now, because 2021’s “Good Medicine” is sold out.)
The lineup includes three national comics: Siena East, Kasey Nicholson and Dash Turner. “On this show, you won’t find any stoic Hollywood tropes; 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 p.m.; 1000 Oak St., Oakland; $25 tickets (discount for students, seniors, and EBT holders) available at museumca.org/2022/good-medicine-native-comedy-show