Second City has always made a huge point of inclusivity in the troupes and now they’re taking it to the next level. Second City’s Hollywood location is hosting a Diversity in Comedy Festival this October and we couldn’t be more stoked.
Second City is the network of comedy clubs across the country that brought us the likes of Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, and many more. In recent years it’s been lauded for it’s diversity, especially in comparison to comedy groups like that on Saturday Night Live, which often lacked diversity in it’s casts.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the festival is being held “to offer a stage for people of color, LGBT performers and other groups who may feel marginalized in the industry.”
Finally! This festival could not have come at a better time, too. With #OscarsSoWhite a trending topic, it’s never been a more important time to show that we have the power to truly be inclusive in diversity.
Unfortunately that has clearly not been the case for years, as most know. When the Emmy nominations were announced, we celebrated that people of color such as Aziz Ansari and the cast members of Black-ish were nominated, when in fact it doesn’t make up for the lack of appreciation for a variety of comedy talents for years. When Aziz was nominated, it was noted that he was the first South Asian to ever be nominated for an Emmy in his categories, a fact that’s both baffling and sadly humbling.
We haven’t come as far as we thought we have, in all honesty. We’re glad that Second City can admit that we’re not currently doing all we can to bolster an array of talent and is doing something about it. Hopefully Second City’s Diversity in Comedy Festival in October will give the stage to those who have been marginalized, as they plan. Either way, this is a great first step.