AUG 23, 2010


Bad Bugs Bunny

Why: Modern shock comedy can't match the embarrassed awkwardness you experience watching a routine from the bad old days of naive casual racism. But when the hateful monsters you're watching are familiar friends like Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig, the shocks reverberate all the way back to your infancy. The most awful thing about these suppressed cartoons is that they're just as brilliant and hilarious as the ones you know and love—they just happen to smack you with the mind-boggling weight of America's systematic abuses, too. Prepare to wince even more because you're laughing. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935. 7 and 9 pm, $8.)

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