Sweaty Comedians and Teen Moms

On March 22, 2011, Adrian Leblanc, author of “Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx,” had a reading at the Newman Library Conference Room. This reading dealt with both Random Family and her newest investigation in stand-up comedy.  “Stand-up comedy is similar to journalism. It takes time to find your voice,” says Leblanc. It took her ten years to find her true voice in completing Random Family and she remained resolute throughout the process, which is very inspiring. Leblanc, this spring’s Harman-In- Residence, took many questions from the audience of enthusiastic fans, students, and professors. “I think I am a genuine person,” says Leblanc. Her genuineness is evident in the way she takes every investigation.  She puts herself in every situation that may come her way, which is refreshing.  I found the experience very insightful and I hope to read her future work.

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