Kabeezy & Sammy

When: July 1-3, 7:30 p.m., Fri., July 3, 9:30 p.m. and Sun., July 5, 7 p.m. 2009

Even before Kwik-E-Mart owner ApuNahasapeemapetilontook hisfirst bullet on The Simpsons, Americans were already well-aware of South Asian stereotypes. Many a comic has tried impersonating the peppy Indian immigrant who brandishes his engineering degree but drudges away at tech support, or behind a convenience store counter. Usually, such caricatures seem rather unsavory -- or tiresome at best. Then there's Kabeezy, a rising, Fremont-based Indo-American comic who gets a pass for mocking his own culture, partly because he sounds charming and self-deprecating, and partly because there's a winking self-irony to all of his race-baiting. Kabeezy is that rare comic who can exploit stereotypes, while making more astute observations about cultural assimilation and identity politics. Fresh from winning the 2009 Rooster T Feathers Bay Area Stand-Up Competition, Kabeezy will perform at Tommy T's (5104 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton) with Sammy Ko on July 1 through 5. 7, 7:30, & 9:30 p.m., $10-$25.

Rachel Swan

Price: $10-$25

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