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No joke, we're all racists

01 August 2016 - 09:00 By LEONIE WAGNER

Comedian John Vlismas will go deeper and darker than ever when he tackles racism and white privilege in his next show. Having extensively researched the history of racism, Vlismas has the next 25 days to prepare for his one-man comedy show, Revelations 2: The Good Racist.Known for his blunt commentary, Vlismas is arguably one of the country's most intelligent and provocative comedians. But this project is his biggest challenge."I've done all this research and it's heartbreaking - not the funniest stuff. But I knew I wanted to go there. If you are going to look at racism honestly, you are going to have to go to a dark place; there's no other way.and it's the comedy that helps get you out of that place," he said.Vlismas will push comedic boundaries with his show later this month at Montecasino, when he plans to also deal with the notion that "white people are terrified to adopt the guilt".On the premise that all people are racist, The Good Racist will explore the various forms of racism and its history."We have to look at where it's come from and why we feel the need to be racist. In a way we're all racist because, anthropologically, we've been designed to distrust what we don't know. It's a very clumsy survival mechanism," he said.Vlismas will have a live band and incorporate multimedia elements in the show and plans to get audience interaction.His commentary can be hilariously brutal but he insists his remarks never stem from malice."If there's genuinely something wrong with you I'd never mention it; that's cruelty, not humour.Vlismas said this project is his most challenging because he has to "extract humour from tragedy"."The best humour comes from the deepest suffering; humour in a dark space is hugely important. I like humour that is horror's neighbour. "He believes people are ready to go to this deep, dark place. 'Revelations 2:The Good Racist' will be at Montecasino's Teatro Theatre on August 26 and 27..

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