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Partner Event Dornsife Dialogue – Stand-Up Comedy: Its historic influence on society

February 28, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Last updated 02/23/2023

For nearly 200 years, stand-up comedians haven’t just been reflecting society, they’ve been influencing it through pointed social commentary. Join us for a live discussion about the evolution of the art form, some of the most influential comedians, the growing challenge of censorship, and much more.

Tue., Feb. 28Noon – 1 p.m. PT 3 – 4 p.m. ET via Zoom


  • Lanita Jacobs, Assoc. Prof. of American Studies and Ethnicity and Anthropology at USC Dornsife. Author of “To Be Real: Truth and Racial Authenticity in African American Stand-Up”
  • Wayne Federman, Adjunct Prof. at USC School of Dramatic Arts. Author of “The History of Stand-Up: From Mark Twain to Dave Chappelle.” Emmy-winning producer of George Carlin’s American Dream. 
  • Cruz Arroyo, PhD Candidate in English at USC Dornsife, studying the fictionality of stand-up comedy.

Moderator: Kirstin Eggers, Asst. Prof. of Theatre Practice in Comedy Performance at USC School of Dramatic Arts. Actor, writer, and comedic performer

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February 28, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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