The 2008 election was a game-changer for many facets of US society, and not least for black comedians, the LA Times reports. Many have made careers out of lampooning and railing against a system that seems stacked against them. “Now, there’s this self-made black man, and they don’t want to undermine the possibility of hope,” says a professor.
Many are using stage time to vent anxieties about Barack Obama’s future. One comedian, for example, announced he was doing a sketch on Obama’s inauguration, then fell as if shot. But everyone is stepping gingerly. “We have a new responsibility,” said one comic. “You don’t want your sound bite to be the one that brings Obama down.”