April 1st, 2019 Last Updated on: April 6th, 2019
Today I interview Bobby Wilson from the 1491s an Indigenous comedy group. Bobby and I talk about how the group got started with YouTube videos, to live shows, to producing a play – Between Two Knees. You've seen their videos, now learn about their origin told by Bobby Wilson.
About The 1491s
This group of indigenous misfits originally came together to make funny videos to put on YouTube. Since their first video in 2009, the group's work has gone viral – earning fans around the globe with their satirical and absurd comedy. From sold out performances to appearances on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “TEDx Talks,” the group continues to grow.
About Between Two Knees
It's OK to laugh
In this American Revolutions commission, sketch-comedy troupe the 1491s tell an intergenerational story of familial love, loss, and connection that spans the massacre at Wounded Knee, forced reeducation via Indian boarding schools, all of the World Wars so far, the Civil Rights Movement, the terror that was Lawrence Welk, Vietnam and the 1973 takeover at Wounded Knee. Directed by California Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Eric Ting and infused with the 1491s’ boldly uninhibited, fearless and subversive approach to comedic storytelling, this world-premiere production takes a hard look at the impacts of systematic oppression after the point that textbooks typically stop teaching Native history. Also, it’s funny.
Development of Between Two Knees was supported by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
Between Two Knees is a co-commission with New Native Theatre. – https://www.osfashland.org/BetweenTwoKnees
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