Stand UP: The Art and Politics of Comedy Opens the City of Los Angeles’ Black History Month Celebration with Comedians Tiffany Haddish, Eddie Griffin
Celebrating the contributions of Black comedians to American culture and the entertainment industry, Stand UP: The Art and Politics of Comedy opened the City of Los Angeles’ Black History Month Celebration Tuesday, February 4.
Black comedians including Tiffany Haddish, Eddie Griffin, Kim Whitley, Paul Mooney, Darryl, Dwayne Mooney, and pioneer black comedy promoter Michael Williams were recognized by Los Angeles City Council President Emeritus Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Councilmember Curren Price, and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, followed by a tour of the Stand UP Bridge Exhibit.
Other awardees recognized for their contributions in the advancement of black culture and entertainment included celebrity publicist Wyllisa R. Bennett, radio personality Dominique Diprima,and comedian Luenell.
Stand UP: The Art and Politics of Comedy Exhibit offers a glimpse into the legacy of African American stand-up comedians. It reviews the history of comedy from an African-American perspective including the origins of Jump Jim Crow, minstrel shows and its influence on American culture. The exhibit showcases early performing venues available to African- American artists, including segregated social clubs and theaters and policies to desegregate performing venues in Southern California.
The exhibit opens February 4, 2020 and will run until March 9, 2020.