Terry Crews: Becoming Unembarrassable

By Oriekose Idah, Connor Diemand-Yauman, Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas
2021 | Case No. M390 | Length 7 pgs.
Terry Crews is a well known comedic actor and effectively uses humor to uplift others. His comedic ethos centers on risk taking - being willing to try different jokes or character styles without the fear of failure. Crews was not always unembarrassable however. Honing his craft and being comfortable with imperfection took years of trial and error. This case chronicles Crews’ journey to becoming unembarrassable across his experiences in youth, as an artist, as a professional football player, and finally as a sought after actor. Through experimentation and courage, Crews learned to do humor his own way and disregard the critiques and biases of those who did not love him. Being unembarrassable has enabled Crews to achieve big dreams in Hollywood and represent his community proudly.

Learning Objective

This case is designed to help students learn about comedy as a source of power and the different ways to wield humor in social interactions. Students discuss the evolution of comedic style.
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