“I don’t factor in white people when I make comedy,” says Fools Circle founder Jonathan Teklai.

The Fools Circle comedy series is back.

The boundary-breaking experiment initiated by Jonathan Teklai with party-like basement shows returned to Prospect Park with six comedians performing for a largely Black audience of several hundred people.

Its ongoing goal is to push the limits on who does standup—and how.

“The institution of comedy is changing,” says Teklai, with a nod toward the unraveling of the industry’s racial and gender constraints, a movement accelerated by the pandemic.