Why New York Comedy Has Gone Underground (and onto the Rooftops)

No one expected so many people to come to Michael Ches impromptu comedy show in June. The Saturday Night Live performer did little to publicize it, except mention it on Instagram the day before.

But that was all he needed to do. Two weeks earlier, George Floyd had been killed by Minneapolis police officers, provoking nationwide protests, many of them organized on Instagram. Mr. Che’s show ended up being reposted by several #BlackLivesMatter accounts.

James Estrin/The New York Times

No one expected so many people to come to Michael Che’s impromptu comedy show in June. The Saturday Night Live performer did little to publicize it, except mention it on Instagram the day before.

But that was all he needed to do. Two weeks earlier, George […]

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