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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


Laughter, smiles, and happiness are all feelings that transgress through cultures and can be portrayed by comedians. This paper will be discussing the impact that the Chicano population has on today’s comedy. A brief history of Chicanos in the comedy business will be discussed. The fine line between racially offensive and stereotypical jokes will be evaluated as well. This paper will also highlight some of comedy’s most famous Hispanics, and analyze their comedic routines and childhood to learn how their culture and customs have influenced their sense of humor. Finally, the concept of how, through humor, Chicano culture can be introduced, accepted and brought closer to others, specifically Caucasian culture, will be dissected.