Obehi Janice (Creative Residency 2018)

Writer/Performer Obehi Janice discusses the changing landscape of comedy “What’s happening in comedy is exciting because it was so dominated by white men. It was dominated by white men who told jokes a certain way, who talked about sex and…

Obehi Janice (Creative Residency 2018)

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Writer/Performer Obehi Janice discusses the changing landscape of comedy

“What’s happening in comedy is exciting because it was so dominated by white men. It was dominated by white men who told jokes a certain way, who talked about sex and power and even beauty and worth in a certain way. What’s happening, because comedy, out of any art form, is super immediate – you can get a sense of an audience in a second with comedy, it doesn’t have to simmer – it’s allowing a lot of voices, and they’re not new voices they’ve always been there, to be elevated right now. All these new voices are commenting on the culture in a way thats never been done before.”

OBEHI JANICE is an award-winning actress, writer and comedian. She is a member of the 2018-19 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. Her plays include Ole White Sugah Daddy, Era Era, Selah, African Tea and her one-woman shows FUFU & OREOS and Obehi Janice: Casanova. Her work is featured in American Theatre Magazine, Bustle, NPR, and For Harriet. Obehi is a Luminary Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a Creative Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the recipient of a TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship. She works on stage, screen and as a voice actress in commercials, radio and cartoons. Her comedic short, BLACK GIRL YOGA, won the Reel 13/AfroPunk Film Competition (WNET/New York Public Media). The Improper Bostonian named her “Boston’s Best Actress” in 2014. She received an IRNE Award for Best Solo Performance for her starring role in We’re Gonna Die (Company One Theatre/OBERON). She is a TEDx speaker, the writer/director of a Boyz II Men parody and the star of an educational video about dinosaurs that lives in The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, Obehi is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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