Black Stand-Up Comedy as Cultural Critique

Black Stand-Up Comedy as Cultural Critique

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Tuesday November 16, 2021 4:00pm to 5:30pm


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Terrence Tucker in conversation with Vershawn Young

Richard Pryor definitively ripped off the mask of African American humor in front of white audiences, making it difficult for them to remain passive and uncritical and forcing them to confront the continuing legacy of racial oppression. Dave Chappelle continues that tradition. Join Terrence Tucker and Vershawn Young as they explore this comic rage and its role in fighting racism. Terrence Tucker is Chair and Associate Professor of English, University of Memphis, and author of Furiously Funny: Comic Rage from Ralph Ellison to Chris Rock. Vershawn Young is Professor of Black Studies, Communication Arts, and English, University of Waterloo, and author of Your Average Nigga: Performing Race, Literacy, and Masculinity.

Co-sponsors: Edmonton Public Library, Milton Public Library, Thunder Bay Public Library, Toronto Public Library, Vancouver Public Library

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