Copeland is “genuine”

Bay Area one-man act comes to LMC


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Brian Copeland set to bring his act to LMC Nov. 12

Brian Copeland is to perform a one-man show, “Not a Genuine Black Man,” on Nov. 12 in the Recital Hall from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Copeland is an actor, comedian, radio host, playwright and author born here in the Bay Area.
In addition to having opened for artists such as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, and Ringo Starr, Copeland also hosts an hour-long show called “7 Live” during the week as well as KGO AM on Sunday afternoons.
The show depicts Copeland’s life living in San Leandro during the 1970s. Despite discussing growing up in a racist environment, the show is actually a comedy.
Copeland’s family was one of the first non-white families to move into San Leandro at the time. According to an article from the SF Chronicle, the population of San Leandro during that time was 99.4% white.
“I think his performance not only says what it was like growing up as the only black family in the area, it answers a lot of questions about identity,” said professor of English James Noel, adding, “the show asks what we are and who we’re expected to be.”
Based on his book of the same name, the performance is on record for being the longest running one-man show in San Franciscan history. Originally intended to only show for six weeks, the show continued to run for over two years.
“I’ve never seen a one man show before and I’ve always wanted to,” said student Konnor Heredia. “I’m definitely intrigued.”
Admission to the performance will be free. For more information you can talk to Professor James Noel or visit