While the lines in comedy are changing at the moment, not everyone is feeling limited by these new rules. As with much of the media landscape, women of color are severely underrepresented on stand-up and improv stages. But as the barriers to entry shift, some are finding their voices heard in a way that seemed impossible five or ten years ago. As part of a new series, The Takeaway is going to explore this complicated moment in comedy. We’ll speak to some of the women of color stand-ups and sketch comedy stars who shaped the comedy world into what it is today. And we'll hear from younger comics on what the landscape looks like for them. One question at the center of it all: whose moment is it in comedy today?
The Takeaway speaks with comedians Ellen Cleghorne and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh about breaking out on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color.
Margaret Cho joins The Takeaway to discuss the comedy scene and the lonely moments as the "only Asian American woman out there."
Stand-up comedian and actress Cristela Alonzo is the latest guest in our series on women of color in comedy.
Karen Chee and Ayo Edebiri are up-and-coming comedians. They represent the future of comedy.