Brooks Whelan Docu-Series Takes on the World

laughs in translation

Brooks Whelan hits his stride in “Laughs in Translation”

Shortly after his exit from a season at Saturday Night Live, Whelan’s album This Is Cool, Right? got rave reviews. His latest project explores humor and the human condition on a global scale with Laugh in Translation.

There are few shows I see and think, “I wish I would’ve thought of that!” but Laugh in Translation is a brilliant concept. Think Anthony Bourdain for comedy. Whelan travels the world, talking to people in other countries about what makes them laugh and how they find humor in their culture. In the first three episode, Wheelan travels to Denmark, France, and Germany to find out what each country’s culture finds funny & how they view America’s sense of humor. Whelan’s approachable and unassuming style allows for great conversations with strangers about comedy, and gives insight into the human condition and how much of our sense of humor is formed by our society. Think Albert Brooks “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World” only without everything going wrong.

Whelan has always taken a non-traditional approach to comedy. He had a degree in biomedical engineering before he ever set foot on a comedy stage. Talk about destroying stereotypes, who think scientists are funny, right? He moved to LA from Iowa, got seen, became a writer for SNL and a one season performer and then he was out the door, but not before he made some fans.

It’s amazing when really talented people who don’t fit a particular mold of comedian get exposure in a mainstream way, even for a short period of time. Whelan’s year on SNL did that for him, and introduced him to a wider audience.

 

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Kristen Becker
Kristen Becker
Kristen Becker is a dyke comic tour de force.  The creator, fearless leader, and host of Dykes of Hazard, Becker's brazen attitude and keen eye for irony leaves audiences— both gay and straight— cheering for more. Becker has opened for national comedy acts like Doug Stanhope, Josh Blue (winner of Last Comic Standing), and singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, and has become one of queer comedy’s most popular comedians. She has been featured in Pride events across the US and Canada.