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We’re talking with “The Daily Show” correspondent Wyatt Cenac.

Wyatt Cenac attends the Comedy Central Emmy After Party Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (AP)
Wyatt Cenac attends the Comedy Central Emmy After Party Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (AP)

Comedy Central “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart goes hot button when he introduces his colleague Wyatt Cenac as “senior racist correspondent.” Cenac is black. He pushes back. No, no, he says, senior “racialist” correspondent — whatever that means.

Cenac doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed as a “black” comedian. And certainly not as a “racist” comedian. He is, maybe, the new American comedian. Not exactly post-racial, but containing multitudes. And funny. He’s with us.

This hour On Point: stand-up comedian and “Daily Show” writer and correspondent, Wyatt Cenac.
-Tom Ashbrook

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Wyatt Cenac, comedian, actor, and writer for The Daily Show

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The New York Times "“Everything about being indie is tied to not being black,” says Micah (Wyatt Cenac), half of the accidental kind-of couple whose one-day romance is chronicled in “Medicine for Melancholy.” He is making an observation — and also registering a complaint — about the quasi-bohemian way of life he shares with Jo’ (Tracey Heggins), his temporary other half. It bothers Micah that their embrace of the folkways of urban hipsterism seems to require the suppression of their African-American identity."

This program aired on August 24, 2011.

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