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Comedian Sarah Cooper On Comedy In Trying Times: 'Laughing Is Important For Us. It's Healing'

It’s been a trying three months for comedians since the comedy clubs, open-mic sessions and festivals they depend on shuttered their doors. The coronavirus has killed over 110,000 in the U.S. alone, and now protests continue across the nation against systemic injustice and racism sparked by George Floyd’s death.

Comedian Sarah Cooper takes on these difficult topics in her work. In April, she posted a video of herself, dressed in a simple blue blazer in a sparse white room, lip-syncing President Trump’s now-famous statement about how injecting disinfectant and UV light could cure COVID-19. That short clip went viral, with nearly 2 million views, and inspired new ones.

Cooper joins host Robin Young to talk about her comedy and her role as a black woman comedian during this historical moment.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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