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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dat Phan Defies Your Notions of Accent

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

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By Tamara Palmer

Just before Easter comes "Far Easter," a series of performances by Asian-American comedians. The shows are led by Dat Phan, winner of the first season of NBC's Last Comic Standing in 2003, and an all-star series regular.

Phan, who is Vietnamese-American, is not afraid to shock with stereotypes before shredding them to bits. He'll bust out with broken English before shifting to American tones. He's also got great instincts for physical comedy, his body and face amping up any story. A winning smile belies the unraveling of even more levels of racism, such as his being mistaken for Mexican by a dismissive stranger.

"Far Easter" blows into town for shows March 28 at 8 p.m., March 29 at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., and March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. atCobb's Comedy Club, 915 Colum-bus, S.F. Admission is $22.50-$23.50; call 928-4320 or visit www.cobbscomedyclub.com.

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