Comedy as revolutionary

“I really believe that when people can laugh about something, they are allowing themselves to open up to the unfamiliar. In this political climate, people are so shut down to other ideas—I call it a hardening of the categories—that if you can get them to open up and laugh, there is a possibility of improvement, and a possibility of change. I think humor sneaks up on people, and before you know it, you’re laughing at something you might not agree with.”

—Kate Clinton, Bitch magazine (Fall 2005)

“There is a general feeling that if you’re funny you’re not serious…. Humor is a powerful tool. It clears the air. Once you laugh, your mind is opened and then you are able to hear the things that are being said to you.”

Anne Richards, Straight From The Heart (1989)

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