VH1 has recently premiered a special documentary highlighting black women in comedy, in the newly released All Jokes Aside feature. In the special we see several familiar faces including our own Sydney Washington, and Marie Faustin of The Unofficial Expert podcast. The line-up of women look to all reveal an inside view of what it is like as a black women coming up in comedy.
To celebrate Black Women in Comedy Week, VH1 created a new documentary called All Jokes Aside following a few leading ladies in the field including, Tichina Arnold, Amanda Seales, Luenell, Tiffany Haddish, Yvonne Orji, and many more as they unpack the ups and downs of being a comedian. From dealing with racism, sexism and the lack of representation that makes their lives as Black comediennes a lot of hard work. Being a Black woman is already tough, but these obstacles makes it even harder if you want to show the world how funny you are. “Comedians are already sort of the last renegade entertainers, and the female comic is almost invisible. The female black comic, they just don’t focus on us at all,” Luenell boldly states in the doc.