VIDEO: Black comedians discuss healing through laughter, inspiration

Black history Happy month“Black people tend to be very funny in very dark times. It’s like in our DNA,” Nicole Byer by NBC Grand Crew share in TVLine’s Shades of Funny round table video.

And modern times are rarely as dark as the early years of a pandemicand evvvvvverything other it happened inside.

“We are very resilient people,” attests Gina Yashere of CBS’ Bob Hearts Abishola. “We’ve been through a lot of cruelty and a lot of hardship, and that hasn’t stopped us. Music and humor are how we deal with and get the message across – and still create happiness.”

W. Kumau Bell (Showtime’s director) We need to talk about Cosby). And that survival technique is often best performed by Black comedians. Equal JB Smoove (Prime Video’s Phat on TuesdaysHBO’s Curb your enthusiasm) said, “Honest comedians, they can relate to you and they make it funny. We are therapists on the stage, but we are also patients on the couch. “

In the video above, you can hear more from Byer, Yashere, Bell, and Smoove, along with many others including Amanda Seales (everything will be white), Danielle Pinnock (Ghosts), Ashley Nicole Black (A black lady sketch show), Phat on Tuesdays‘Kym Whitley, Deray Davis, Guy Terror and director Reginald Hudlin, Grand Crew creators Phil Augusta Jackson, Tommy Davidson and Paula Jai ​​Parker (among Proud family: Bigger and proudr).

Many of those comedians/creators also share specific cases when humor helps surname get through tough times.

“We are in the midst of a pandemic, and we are also dealing with institutionalized racism,” Jackson noted. “I was able to vent a lot of disappointments, a lot of things I wanted from my friendship, a lot of things that got me through and a lot of things I wanted to discover. [Grand Crew]. ”

At the end of the lively discussion, we invited everyone to talk about the Black comedians they considered to be frontrunners. Hit play above to hear tributes to Jackie “Moms” Mabley, Richard Pryor, Wanda Sykes, Katt Williams, Issa Rae, Chris Rock, Key & Peele and others.

But wait a minute! In the video below, Seales, Pinnock and others cheer on Black Twitter and other positive aspects of social networks. (Video interviews by Mekeisha Madden Toby, Keisha Hatchett, Ryan Schwarz and Andy Swift)

https://tvline.com/2022/02/23/black-history-month-video-comedians-discuss-healing-power-of-laughter-trailblazers/ VIDEO: Black comedians discuss healing through laughter, inspiration

Aila Slisco

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