|See the original pages in this exhibit through June 26.|
On April 4, The Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco welcomed back live events with an evening about the Hulu Original TV show called “Woke”. The museum is currently holding a terrific retrospective titled, “Keith Knight’s WOKE in San Francisco,” consisting of Keith Knight’s comix as well as the props from “Woke.” Located on 781 Beach Street, the museum is a welcome place of refuge in the most concentrated tourist district known as Fisherman's Wharf.
Are We Feeling Safer Yet? (2007)
|Knight's single-panel cartoons consist of political and social issues, often lampooning newsworthy events that concern communities of color. Sharp, topical, edgy, and funny.|
|(top) Keith Knight and Jeff Kramer's band Marginal Prophets and the Bohemian Rap CD which won the 2004 California Music Award for Outstanding Rap Album.|
(below) Too Small to Fail is The Obama collection of Keef's single panel socio-political comic strip, (th)ink.
|Look for Knight's award-winning works and more on his online store.|
In “Woke,” Lamorne Morris (Winston from "New Girl") brings such a natural performance in portraying Knight's personality. He does so without mimicking or impersonating him. It is a testament to the hard work put in by showrunners Keith Knight as co-creator and the executive producer along with Marshall Todd (Barbershop) and, for season two, Anthony King ("Broad City," "Search Party"). Maurice "Mo" Marable is in the director's chair and is responsible for having the show filmed in Atlanta for its second season (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Season one was filmed in Vancouver. Unfortunately, San Francisco is unaffordable for most shows to film there.
|"Woke" co-creator, executive producer, and cartoonist, Keight Knight, was raised in Malden, MA. Read this Boston.com article about his creation of the site blackmughsots.com. Several videos are collected on Cartoon Art Museum's YouTube channel that spotlight Knight on various news networks.|
|Actor and podcaster Lamorne Morris (Keef); comedian, actress, and writer Sasheer Zamata (Ayana).|
|S1 E1 "Rhymes with Broke" briefly takes us through the Castro district, and for a moment, Alice (Carl MacDonald) and Keef seem like familiar friends in the neighborhood.|
Keef is wearing a Dead Kennedys t-shirt (Winston Smith created the DK logo. Smith is hoping to hold a gallery exhibition in North Beach in 2022.)
|The Marker telling Keef to make a change.|
|Ayana helps Keef wake up to the difference between reality and fantasy. She's writing in her paper, The Bay Arean, about the reaction generated by the posters -- her delivery is so hilarious.|
|The bar in the scene looks a lot like the real club where Knight's band Marginal Prophets used to play. White guys are drunkenly singing along to a Hip Hop song while Keef, Gunther, and Clovis prepare for a cringeworthy moment.|
|Keef is invited to a party, likely a place in either the Dolores Heights or the Pacific Heights neighborhood, and he's the only black guest in attendance.|
|Ayana has to raise money for her paper's office to deal with an eviction notice by throwing a rent party.|
|Montage of Keight Knight's art|
|Keith Knight disguised as a mime and he appears early in S2 E1.|
|S2 E1 is titled "A Knight in the Park." Keef is feeling the pressure in his role as an activist. It unfolds into a satire of social media in the most hilarious scene when he later goes live to talk to his followers.|