In NYC, the NYPD has instituted a “stop and frisk” policy, which is exactly what it sounds like as police officers, at their discretion, can stop and frisk citizens they believe to be suspect in some way.
On his new show Totally Biased, W. Kamau Bell explores how this new tactic to fight crime in NYC is received in Harlem. Hint: even if they got consolation prizes, people, to say the least, aren’t into it.
Room Review: So You've Been Invited to the Purple Onion
You shift uncomfortably from foot to foot, queued on the sidewalk adjacent to a steamy Italian cafe. Quickly losing patience, which you’ve arguably never had, you’re inundated with idle conversations in a quagmire of unified strangers. Ostensibly waiting for comedy, truthfully you’re here for a single comedian, whom, is actually your charismatic co-worker, or your drug dealer, or your unhinged grandmother with a new lease on life. The Purple Onion straddles the coasts of the jostling Chinatown and North Beach’s unchecked vitality. Slinky couples clutch and shuffle through the habitat of urban smear mired in San Francisco’s classic, cellophane gray. As the proxy collective pulses forward, around and down a cumbersome staircase (very safe), and each individual is tolled by the ticket taker, the night’s makeup couldn’t be more smeared.
A chat with two former San Franciscans as Mary Van Note, stand-up comedian/sketch performer/vintage ambassador, speaks with Janet Varney, improviser/actress/curator/podcaster, about the JV Club, feminism, and “cool female friends” dearth.