American political satire is also common in theatres, thanks to stand-up comedy, that is a comical style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience. The performer is known as a comic or stand-up comedian.
In North American stand-up comedy has its roots in various traditions of popular entertainment of the late 19th century.
Between 1950 and 1960, comedians added elements of social satire and expanded satire into politics, race relations and sexual humor. Other notable comedians from this period include Woody Allen, Shelley Berman and Bob Newhart; some Black-Americans like Bill Cosby and Dick Gregory began to cross over to a white audience during this time.