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Race Unwrapped: Are you laughing with me or at me?

Mindy Fulner

Second City’s Anne Libera unwraps the ethics of comedy.

Sometimes people just know their stuff. And in the case of Anne Libera, her stuff is comedy and she knows it well.

Libera is a professor of comedy at Columbia University in Chicago. She’s also the director of comedy studies at Second City, and directs performances there.

In this episode, we unwrap the anatomy of a comedy routine and how joking about serious topics has changed over time… and she pours a little bit of tea on some of her more famous students.

Michelle Tyrene Johnson is the lead producer of LPM’s talk shows, and she is also the host and producer of LPM’s podcast Race Unwrapped. Email Michelle at mjohnson@lpm.org.