It’s said that laughter is the best medicine, but with the cures for coronavirus and systemic racism nowhere in sight, comedians are questioning the role of comic relief in today’s world.
“It’s weird to hear someone tell jokes but then also hear sirens every 10 minutes in the background,” said Jay Jurden, a comedian in New York City. “There’s a bleakness to that.”
The coronavirus caused unequal suffering and death rates among members of Black and Latino populations across the U.S., and the police killing of George Floyd further shed light on systemic inequalities and threw steam behind the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The bigger question more than digital comedy shows for me is, ‘Oh, what is the function of comedy in this…