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Intersectionality Poses Additional Hurdles for Black, Gay Comedians

When you’re in the business of making people laugh, you’re always at the mercy of your audience. Will your jokes elicit smiles? Will your material resonate with the crowd? These are questions all comics ask themselves. But what happens when your own identity becomes an obstacle to career progress?

For two Black, LGBTQ stand-up performers ― Sampson McCormick and Tammy Peay ― their intersectional identities have presented additional hurdles.

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