When: Sat., Nov. 2, 9:30 p.m. 2013
Fans of Neal Brennan, Chelsea Peretti and sobbing over Star Trek: The Next Generation take note: Comedian Moshe Kasher is coming to The High Watt tonight. As a co-host on The Champs, a rare podcast where all of the guests aren’t white guys in their mid-20s, Kasher joins Brennan and DJ Douggpound to interview black actors, comedians, musicians and artists, in what is honestly one of the most illuminating podcasts in the sea of comedy podcasts. Though they may not be as in-depth and painful as an average episode of WTF, they provide insight into a perspective that is, all too often, missing from the conversation. But more than that, Kasher is a gifted stand-up comedian with perspective built from an almost comically bizarre upbringing — he was the son of deaf Hasidim, grew up in inner-city Oakland, developed a drug problem by 12 and bounced in and out of multiple mental institutions by 15. His memoir detailing his teenage freefall and gradual rebuilding, titled Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16, is wildly entertaining, when it’s not totally brutal. Kasher’s performing exactly one show in Nashville and is absolutely worth your time. You can also watch Kasher’s recent comedy special, Live in Oakland, on the Netflix.