Yak From Cenac

“So you’re comparing fart applications to a man who pioneered civil rights,” Wyatt Cenac responds after a software developer likens the listing of his Pull My Finger app on iTunes to the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson. “As a black man, I see exactly what your struggle is. You shall overcome.” A correspondent and writer on The Daily Show since 2008, Cenac has helped rappers recession-proof their budgets and uncovered discrimination faced by gun owners who openly carry. To prove the latter, he strapped on a crap-load of firearms and entered a Virginia coffee shop. The New York-born, Dallas-raised funnyman got his break writing for King of the Hill after stints with Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. He also starred in Medicine for Melancholy, a critically acclaimed indie film from Miami-born filmmaker Barry Jenkins. But this Thursday through Saturday, Cenac returns to his comedic roots in stand-up at the Miami Improv. “Sometimes when I’m walking down the street, I’ll see a priest or a rabbi, and whenever I do, I like to give them a high-five and say ‘Pray on, prayer!’”
Jan. 6-8, 8:30 p.m., 2011

 
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