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Comedy: Society’s Superhero

by Angela Seal

In the past several decades, comedy has certainly taken a turn for the relevant, much of which is resonating in tackling some of the world’s most pressing social and political issues. Consider the persistent mockery of mainstream America in Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” or the tongue-in-cheek depiction of long withstanding racism in Dave Chappelle’s shamefully hilarious sketches.  At the core, both serve as means of echoing deeply rooted socio-political concerns but without sacrificing a little, or rather a lot of, humor.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s a fine line between sinfully clever and sinfully insensitive.  But from time to time, the genre manages to transcend expectation and popular belief by complementing comedy and creating acute cultural insights.