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Neel Kolhatkar: #ObjectifyNeel - FRINGE WORLD Festival 2017

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by Desiree Walsh (subscribe)
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Barbarously honest 22 yr old
Neel Kolhatkar invites his audience to objectify. His reasoning? Because a brown man needs to be more sexually objectified and given his a second generation Indian, he says, he'd know. With some insightful and amusing anecdotes, he goes about convincing the audience. Neel hates political correctness and hates people who say they hate political correctness. I guess that places #Objectify Neel not so much blowing in the wind, more so flapping in the breeze some place before being offensive and after being offended. Judging by the size of his sellout crowds he is not alone. Political correctness has become its own subject with a multitude of narratives that argue amongst themselves. A product of progress, but that progress, in turn, presupposes it. Such is political correctness and its politics of "being offended" which occurs from both sides of the debate which ironically seems to do nothing much more than to shut down the conversation.

Neel Kolhatkar is best known through his YouTube channel Neelk, the comedian's work background is impressive, appearing at comedy festivals nationally and internationally including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, post-Perth he is appearing Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne. He cleverly does combine the two mediums by literally inviting his audience to hashtag their objectification and then carrying them into his next performance. Is this a preview of the future of performance, the show really does go on?

In a world where digital technologies have spawned an array of media that compete with the stage Neel has managed to diffuse that situation and has united them. At the age of nineteen Neel said "I'm not going to sit around for an opportunity from a mainstream media outlet. I wanna do it for myself". And he did, he found an audience on social media, who now come and sell-out his stand-up comedy shows. He is not only a clever comedian, he is clever. Neel, now twenty-two is now a writer, director, producer and successful stand-up comedian.

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Why? Its time to go to your happy place
When: 20 Jan - 19 Feb
Where: State Theatre Centre of WA Northbridge, WA 6003
Cost: $25 - $30
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