L. Benjamin Rolsky

L. Benjamin Rolsky is a Ph.D. candidate at Drew University in American religious history. He is currently writing his dissertation, Living in the Spirit: Norman Lear, People for the American Way, and Spiritual Politics in Late Twentieth-Century America.

Last month, The Atlantic published an online piece by staff writer Megan Garber, “How Comedians Became Public Intellectuals.” The article documented how comedy today in both its standup and situational genres is expanding beyond its minutiae focus of the 1990s in favor of a harder-hitting, message-based style evident in the work of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Amy Schumer.
July 7, 2015