Is Storytelling Comedy's Highbrow Future?

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Comedy onstage goes back to Aristotle, but in recent decades it's been delegated to basement comedy clubs and sometimes seedy bars. But there is a new trend in comedy onstage. Lately, comics, monologists and regular people have been taking the stage to tell earnest, straightforward stories—not just the observational humor that has been a hit in decades past.

In this week's Arts File, our host Kerry Nolan talks to author, storyteller and comedy editor for Time Out New York Jane Borden. Borden says storytelling is attracting a new and wider audience to comedy.

Check out a video from the storytelling series "The Moth" below.


Guests:

Jane Borden

Hosted by:

Kerry Nolan

Produced by:

Julia Furlan

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