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“Saturday Night Live” cast member Ego Nwodim opens the Chautauqua Lecture Series week on “The Authentic Comedic Voice: A Week in Partnership with the National Comedy Center” in a wide-ranging conversation with NPR’s television critic Eric Deggans. Prior to joining “SNL” as a featured player in 2018, Nwodim was a mainstay at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and performed as a New Face at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2016. She was also featured in the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase. Her first ever one-woman show, Great Black Women ... And Then There's Me, had a sold out run in 2017 at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. Nwodim was promoted to a repertory player on “SNL” ahead of its 46th season in 2020. Nwodim's recent credits include Hulu's “Shrill,” IFC's “Brockmire,” and the feature film “The Broken Hearts Gallery.” She is a fan favorite and regular on the “Comedy Bang Bang Podcast.” She was recognized by Variety as part of their 2021 New York Women's Impact Report. Nwodim received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Southern California. Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, crafting stories and commentaries for the network’s shows, such as “Morning Edition,” “Here & Now” and “All Things Considered,” along with writing material for NPR.org. In addition to his NPR work, Deggans is a contributor and media analyst for MSNBC and NBC News and an adjunct instructor of journalism and public policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. A journalist for three decades, he is also the author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.
About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.