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Thinking about 'how to be funny' is about empowering other people, my students, my children, to go forth and do better work, to do it in the right, healthy way for themselves.
—Anne Libera

Anne Libera is an author, writer, comedy professor and researcher. She created the Comedy Studies program at Columbia College Chicago.

Ms. Libera worked for over 32 years at The Second City, the legendary improv theater where Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Key and Peele, and Stephen Colbert first cut their teeth. Public speaker for Recode, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as a Director, writer, and professor, Anne is also one of the creators of the Second Science Project, a partnership between the Second City and the Chicago Booth Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago, studying through improvisation how individuals can improve their behavior by learning how to risk, how to fail, how to listen, and how to take a chance—at being human.