AKILAH HUGHES on #NotTooDeep // Grace Helbig | Summary and Q&A

May 4, 2020
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AKILAH HUGHES on #NotTooDeep // Grace Helbig


Akilah Hughes, a comedian, YouTuber, and political activist, discusses her career, the evolution of YouTube, and her journey from comedy in New York to online activism. She also talks about her book and the impact of Animal Crossing during quarantine.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How did you get into comedy after growing up in Kentucky?

Growing up in Kentucky made Akilah Hughes realize that everything in her life was absurd, which became a rich source of comedy material. She watched a lot of TV and movies and became aware of the humor in her situation.

Q: What was the catalyst for your shift into political activism?

Akilah Hughes was inspired by the election of Barack Obama and the rise of diversity and representation in media. She realized that the things she had been talking about for years were now becoming more comfortable topics of conversation.

Q: How do you balance being informed about the news while also taking care of your mental health?

Akilah Hughes stays informed about the news but also takes breaks and checks in with friends. She believes in the importance of talking to a therapist to process emotions and shares her feelings with friends to feel connected.

Q: How has living in Los Angeles during the pandemic affected you?

Akilah Hughes feels both happy and sad about being in Los Angeles during the pandemic. She appreciates the space and safety but also misses the ability to be there for friends in New York.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Akilah Hughes describes herself as a comedian first and foremost, and her career has always aimed to be funny and make fun of things.

  • She started on YouTube in 2006 and eventually moved to New York to pursue comedy full-time, but also explored storytelling events and writing for publications like Hello Giggles.

  • In her book, she shares short stories based on her life, combining comedy with a coming-of-age memoir.

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