FOF # 2875 – Black at Second City

Jun 11, 2020 · 1985 views

Comedian Rachel Hall. Photo: Rachel Hall.

In the comedy world, not everything is a laughing matter, especially when it comes to allegations of racism and sexual misconduct at one of the world’s most prestigious comedy institutions- Chicago’s Second City.

Nineteen Second City black alumni including “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer Chris Redd, “Veep” actor Sam Richardson, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin and former Feast of Fun guest Collette Gregory have come forward in an open letter calling out Second City for its institutionalized racist practices and how it can do better.

Today comedian Rachel Hall who’s worked with Second City joins us to take a look at Chicago’s comedy scene and how Vogue Magazine’s Anna Wintour says perhaps she’s been too hurtful and intolerant and pledges to hire more Black creatives and journalists.

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We were talking about this months ago. Glad they’ve caught up.

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