The BTU has a new way to share the great things our educators are doing in their classrooms and schools with interviews on the BTU Update Podcast. This week, we talk to Kiragu Butteah is a Special Education teacher at Frederick Douglass High School who is bringing his love for comedy into the classroom. His elective class is helping students at Douglass to do more than tickle funny bones, it's helping them to learn how to communicate and release some of the issues they've internalized.If you want to be featured on the BTU Update podcast, please email email@example.com for more details.
Is it possible to appeal to Tyler Perry in exploring common ground between white and black people? Kiragu thinks so, although he explores different ideas for which white political leader Perry most reflects. Meanwhile, Dan is trying to add a new element to an old, well-established joke in his act. Kiragu teaches comedy to students at Frederick Douglass High School, and has some fascinating things to say about what that entails. Dan shares an email from another comic regarding a joke discussed in a previous podcast, which involves an old academic article based on a very odd scientific experiment. This leads Kiragu to reflect on his comedy, which is an attempt to speak his truth to white audiences in the hopes of disrupting problematic white narratives. Dan recently hosted a weekend at a club, where the headliner suggested some ideas for expanding one of his jokes. It is an old bit involving Dan’s dad volunteering some strange jokes for Dan’s act. Dan wants to come up with a way to cap the bit off by giving his dad an equally strange joke idea in return. Meanwhile, Kiragu wants to bring his own personal narrative more into his act, and he and Dan discuss some ways to build on a joke about a funny argument with his wife. They also talk about Tyler Perry, and Kiragu makes a surprising analogy between Perry and a certain political leader.
Educator and comedian, Kiragu Beauttah, talks this year's election and the magic of life with Collin Baker.Follow Kiragu on Twitter!@ KiraguBCityDadFollow Collin!@ CollinBakerOriginally aired August 11, 2016.