Ego Nwodim
Men's Journal|September - October 2020
Ego Nwodim
Live from L.A.—where she escaped months of self-isolation in New York—the Saturday Night Live comedian talks about sneaking race into comedy and the digestive silver lining of quarantine.
By Anna Peele

I’ve heard you talk about the sounds people’s mouths make. Do you have misophonia, the disorder where people are driven crazy by noise?

I have not been diagnosed with misophonia, but I was a biology major. That gives me no credibility as far as diagnoses go, but I’m going to just take it and say that means I can diagnose myself. This is not an exhaustive list, but I am bothered by noises from a person’s mouth that are not talking, singing, laughing, whistling. Like when people are chewing with their mouth open or people whose mouths make…mouth noises.

You created a sketch for the Phoebe Waller-Bridge episode of SNL where the Black anchors of a news show are visibly relieved when it’s reported that the perpetrator of a crime wasn’t Black. It feels like comedy can be a Trojan horse into uncomfortable but important conversations about race.


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September - October 2020