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As immigrants, John Gebretatose and his mother learned to make french fries with Eritrean dipping sauce. The experience, he recalls, helped him feel like a ‘normal’ American kid.

John Gebretatose jokes for a living, as a performer and a leader at Huge Improv Theater and BlackOut Improv. But he came by those jokes the old fashioned way: by dealing with a lot of decidedly unfunny stuff, including his mother’s mental illness. He tells Sahan Journal about the recipe that helped bridge the distance between mother and son.