About Time

Def Obama Comedy Jam

How does Obama’s presidential victory affect black comedians? Traditionally, The Los Angeles Times reports, black comics have “made fun of a system they feel has shut them out and treated them unfairly.” Now they’re “wrestling with hope, cautious optimism and celebration.” Many are treating Obama gingerly, but a few are seeking to milk fears about his safety for laughs. Comic Mario Joyner: “I love it. Here’s a black president who hit the ground running. He’s appointed a Jewish chief of staff. You just know the Ku Klux Klan is having a big meeting right now.”