What is the tallest building in the world? The library, because it has the most stories. Happy National Tell a Joke Day!
Whether it's telling your favorite joke, watching your favorite rom-com, or listening to stand up comedy, nothing brightens up your day better than a good laugh. Another great source for lighthearted humor is literature! Unfortunately though, like most entertainment spaces, the comedy industry lacks diversity. So to celebrate laughter this year, we wanted to create a booklist to highlight published comedians of color available here at the library.
There are many comedians of color like Wanda Sykes, Mindy Kaling, and Margaret Cho who are well established and well loved in the comedy scene, but there’s gotta be more right? Comedians like Phoebe Robinson, author of You Can't Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain and Negin Farsad, author of How to Make White People Laugh, too often fly under the radar. Seeing diversity like this, especially in comedy, is an extremely valuable tool in trying to understand the experiences of those around us. It also offers readers of color an opportunity to see themselves and relate further to the people telling them jokes.
It's important that we're conscious of what we choose to read, listen to, or watch, and diversifying our bookshelves doesn't mean giving up what we already love to read, we are only adding to it. If humor is one of your favorite genres, allow space for a variety of perspectives. Here’s a short list to help you out.
Comedians of Color
Written by Sofia Ramirez
Los Angeles Public Library is hosting several students through our Diversity and Inclusion Apprenticeship program this summer. This program gives students a firsthand experience in the library world. Among the apprentices is Sofia Ramirez who plans to pursue a career in librarianship. Sofia has excellent writing skills, so we tasked her with creating a post for the library's blog.