Now before you get your electronic pitchforks out, that's the name of the show and it's a very progressive reference to the Harlem Renaissance. It's curated and hosted by Baron Vaughn, who is always a sure bet for a good set. And it did a wonderful job of bringing together comedians from a range of geography, with a range of styles and content, all of whom are black.
Judging by their reaction, the crowd were all there to support Portland's "only black friend" Curtis Cook (@Curtis_Cook). And he was great, with sharp jokes and a distinctive cadence and delivery, plus one of the best and edgiest "My mom's white and my dad's black, so..." jokes I've ever heard.
The closing hat trick of Byron Bowers, Kimberly Clark and Reggie Watts was exactly as awesome as you'd expect. But my favorite part of the show was getting to see Ben Bizuneh (@benbizuneh) for the first time. What a treat. Good energy, great jokes and a comfortable, natural stage presence. I'd highly recommend checking him out during the rest of the festival or any time you get the chance.
Baron will be presenting a second edition of The New Negroes with a whole new lineup, including W. Kamau Bell, tonight at 10 pm at The White Owl Social Club.