“Code Switch” Program

The article I chose from NPR’s program was “What makes a good race joke?” and it was kind of boring. The topic was pretty straightforward because it’s literally the title but to speak a little deeper, they basically dive into this discussion of “when a comedian of color makes a joke, is it always about race, even if it’s not about race?”. They brought in comedians Aparna Nancherla, Brian Bahe, and Maz Jobrani to discuss why race is brought up when telling their jokes. Nancheria said her comedy didn’t need to be about race but ended up with it anyway. However, Jobrani is the complete opposite and talks about race in hopes of not having to talk about it again. On the other hand, Bahe thinks that no matter what joke you make, it’s about race. What do I think about this? I think all these points are valid and these answers are most probably based on the structure of how these comedians tell their jokes and how they interact with the audience. There are so many factors to the making of a good race joke so I can’t really say much. I don’t really think my beliefs have changed nor were my beliefs even challenged. I guess I’ll just say it’s not that deep. If the joke does not involve any race then it does not involve race but the conversation can lead to race if the comedian or audience desires it.