This exhibit traces some of the history surrounding the emergence of the African American comic with special interest in the “stand-up” routine. Our exhibit features books, photos, posters, artifacts that document the early beginning of comedy in the African American community up to the present day comedians and how their routines changed from universal funny jokes in the 1950s to a more biting humor focused on civil rights and social issues in the 1960s and 70s. We also examine the “in your face” approach of the contemporary artists.