Equity in comedy: How financial struggles limit comedian upstarts and how we can help (Opinion)

This year, more than any other before it, popular culture turned its eyes to the equity problem in entertainment. There were discussions about representation in all facets, from the imbalance of power in Hollywood based on gender to an analysis of LBTGQ roles on TV to reports about the sparse and inauthentic representation of minorities on screen. Like most sects of the entertainment industry comedy suffers from a diversity problem too. Comedy is mostly white and

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Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, and more raise money for comedian following severe spinal injury

Comedian Jason Saenz suffered a tragic accident last week when he fell through an apartment building’s skylight, injuring his spine. Currently paralyzed from the waist down, Saenz required surgery and will need extensive rehabilitation moving forward. Comedians from across the country have pulled together to contribute to a GoFundMe on his behalf. The fundraiser is aptly named Saenz Spinez, and additionally provides updates on his recovery. Saenz, who had just

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Dane Cook announces first stand-up tour since 2013

Veteran comedian Dane Cook announced his upcoming Tell It Like It Is tour, his first national tour since 2013. The run will go from February 21, 2019 to November 16, 2019 ending at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. While he has been running sets all across Los Angeles in recent months, this year Cook will be taking his new hour to most major U.S. cities before it ends up

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