Some of the biggest names in comedy history have been African Americans — from Redd Foxx to Richard Pryor and Chris Rock to Dave Chappelle. But, overall, comedy hasn’t been a fountain of diversity.
Second City has been trying to change that dynamic through its Bob Curry Fellowship Program and the Break Out Comedy Festival. The fellowship program culminates with a showcase Wednesday night, and the Break Out Comedy Festival runs this Thursday through Sunday.
Morning Shift talks to Second City about its efforts to bring more diverse voices into comedy.
GUESTS: Dionna Griffin-Irons, Second City Director of Diversity Talent Inclusion and Development
Prateek Srivastava, Chicago comedian and performer at the 2019 Second City Break Out Comedy Festival
LEARN MORE: Break Out Comedy Festival 2019 (Second City)