"It can't be a depression if all our poor people have camera phones. Poor people don't take pictures," jokes 29-year-old New York native Michael Che. "What miserable moment are you trying to capture?" Considering that he grew up in projects of the Lower East Side, this comic's jokes are steeped in the sort of local color one might expect. More than this, though, his act digs deeper than the mundane happenings he talks about, offering keen insight into larger issues--race relations, gay marriage or world hunger--with a poignancy cloaked by his mirth.