Stand-Ups Speak Out: Comedy, Race, and Identity

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:30pm

Tommy's Place (TCC)
3607 Trousdale Parkway, Basement, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, August 17, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
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Can we joke about race in America? Performances by stand-up comedians David A. Arnold, JR De Guzman, Jenny Yang, and Priyanka Wali will prove that we can laugh our way to a more just world. Dwayne Colbert (The Second City, Veep) will emcee an uproarious evening exploring race, identity, stereotypes, “political correctness,” and comedy that centers and celebrates communities of color. 

About the Artists:

David A. Arnold
is a stand-up veteran who has performed on networks from Comedy Central to BET. He has three stand-up specials to his credit and is working on a fourth, which will be produced by Kevin Hart. (IMDb, Twitter)

Dwayne Colbert (emcee) has recently appeared on Veep and Speechless. He teaches and directs sketch comedy at iO West, The Second City, The Pack Theatre, and the Nerdist Improv School. (IMDb, Twitter, Vimeo)

JR De Guzman was born in the Philippines and raised in California. He has performed at Stand-Up Tokyo and ROR Comedy in Japan, the Jokers Ball in Indonesia, the Badaboom Comedy Series in Amsterdam, the Edmonton Comedy Festival, and countless other venues around the world. Combining music and comedy, De Guzman serenades the audience into laughter. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

Named by Refinery29 as one of “50 Female Stand-Up Comedians You Need to Know,” Priyanka Wali has been featured by The Today Show, Uproxx, and India Currents Magazine, among others. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

Jenny Yang is an award-winning stand-up comedian, content creator, comedy tour and festival organizer, speaker, and professional opinion-haver. She produces Disoriented Comedy and The Comedy Comedy Festival to showcase Asian American comedic talent. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Louise Peacock (Dramatic Arts).

Event Type

Arts, Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Student Life, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus





Admission is free. Reservations required.

Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative


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