The Revolution Will Be Hilarious: Comedy for Social Change and Civic Power


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New York University Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Caty Borum is Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact; Associate Professor of Communication at American University; and author of Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change; and co-author, with Lauren Feldman, of A Comedian and An Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice.


"Caty Borum shows us why she is the leading expert in the field of comedy & social justice. The Revolution Will Be Hilarious is essential reading for all the creative deviants out there who wish to engage with comedy as a form of artistic resistance."--Josh Church, producer of Bros and George Carlin's American Dream, Apatow Productions
"Arguing that humor is a fuel that powers positive change, Borum shows up- close how comedians turn communities of laughter into communities of action. A fun read and full of insight, this book is essential for anyone interested in the business of comedy and the power of grassroots politics."--Nick Marx and Matt Sienkiewicz, authors of That's Not Funny: How the Right Makes Comedy Work for Them
"The book that comedy and social justice never knew it needed! The revelations, stories, and ideas presented are inspirational. A must-read for anyone who is interested in the intersection of entertainment and culture."--Deniese Davis, founder/CEO, Reform Media Group; co-executive producer, Insecure; producer, A Black Lady Sketch Show
"In response to years of clear social upheaval in the United States, from renewed fights for social justice to new threats of authoritarianism, a new, diverse set of comedy voices are using humor in their activism. Caty Borum chronicles this phenomenon in her entertaining book The Revolution Will Be Hilarious."-- "Foreword Reviews"
"Caty Borum's analysis of the intersection of activism and humor highlights how much comedy plays a role in shaping the way we think and shaping the way we see the world as it is. This book also beautifully illustrates how humor can help us shape the world into what we hope it could be. There is no one more qualified to take us on such a journey than Caty Borum."--Roy Wood Jr., Comedian, Correspondent, The Daily Show
"An important addition to support multidisciplinary research in the social sciences and fine arts, with a wide appeal for those interested in the role of activist comedy on emerging social media platforms."-- "Library Journal"
"The Revolution Will Be Hilarious shows how much media can emerge, converge, and use comedy as an effective tool for bringing about lasting change."--Brian Boone "Vulture"

It is clear from reading The Revolution Will Be Hilarious that Borum cares quite deeply about the
power of civic organizations to drive social and political change and that her active, engaged scholarship is
helping to promote a revolution that is both funny and impactful....Borum shows us just what can happen when comedians and activists work together to promote social change.

"-- "International Journal of Communication"