It’s Funny Because It’s True: Fact-Based Comedy Can Affect Audiencesby The Daily Eye Team December 28 2016, 4:14 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 29 secs
Can stand-up comedy be a platform for investigative journalism? It may seem like an odd question, but that’s exactly what The Center for Investigative Reporting and WFMU, an independent radio station in New Jersey, set out to explore with Toxic Comedy, a series of stand-up comedy shows based on reporting about environmental contamination. Our hunch was that, without reading a word, audiences would walk away knowing a lot more about toxic contamination in New Jersey. And, in the process, they would have burned a significant number of calories through belly-busting laughter.