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Disarming People With Laughter

Alexis Wilkinson

Disarming People With Laughter

“Humor gives me release. Sometimes there's just too much tension and you have to let it go. Laughter is such a great natural physical response to do that.”

Humor has been a tool for success for Alexis Wilkinson, and not just a tool for survival. She writes for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and previously wrote for VEEP, a job that she got right out of college, at the age of 22. And, before that, she made headlines as the first African-American woman to be president of Harvard Lampoon magazine.

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    Alexis Wilkinson

    is a staff writer on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and wrote for HBO’s Veep. She’s also written for several publications, including Slate, TIME, and The New Yorker.