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Comedian Mo Amer, seen here in his Netflix special The Vagabond, says that stand-up has been a significant part of his "coping process" with an itinerant childhood. Netflix hide caption

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'You Get Paid For Doing Therapy': Stand-Up Comedians On Anger

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Comedian Cristela Alonzo discusses her role in her new Netflix special, "Lower Classy" at Build Studio in New York City on January 19. Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage/Getty hide caption

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From Mom Jokes To Trump-Era Racism, Cristela Alonzo Aims To Skewer Latino Stereotypes

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Comedian Maz Jobrani talks with us about President Trump, immigration, and finding humor in moments of political polarization. CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images hide caption

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Finding The Punchline: Maz Jobrani On Comedy In The Trump Era

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Stephen Agyei (left) and Roy Wood Jr. talk about what it takes to make it in comedy. Jeffrey Nicholson/Courtesy of Stephen Agyei; Mindy Tucker/Courtesy of Roy Wood Jr. hide caption

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To Make It In Comedy You Have To Bet On Yourself

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Aparna Nancherla says that making jokes about depression and anxiety injects "a little dose of hope." Shaughn & John hide caption

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Comedian Aparna Nancherla Makes Light Of The Heavy Stuff

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Kathy Griffin, onstage for her Like a Boss Tour. David A. Beloff/Getty Images hide caption

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Shooting Barbs At The Stars: Kathy Griffin On Comedy And Intolerance

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Comedian Jesse Appell performs at a club in Beijing. Appell won a scholarship in 2012 to study comedy in China and has been performing on the country's small but growing stand-up comedy circuit. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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So An American Comic Walks Into A Chinese Bar ...

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Marina Franklin says audiences can always relate to jokes about heartache. "There's nothing like getting an immediate response," she says. Carlos Delgado/Courtesy of Marina Franklin hide caption

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For Three Comedians, Valentine's Day Makes For One Big Joke

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Yoram Bauman jokes about "hyperinflation in hell" and on earth. Case in point: the Zimbabwe hundred-trillion-dollar note. Lejia Lombardi/Courtesy of Inter-American Development Bank hide caption

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