In all the pandemonium of the news, some of which can be dark and depressing, Allen said she draws her humor from looking for all of the ways in which a situation is absurd. Allen described several recent news stories about black Americans having the police called on them during mundane activities. As a writer on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, for example, she focused on the many details surrounding the story earlier this year about two black men who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks while waiting for a business partner. Allen said it's important to pick apart all aspects of such events to provide some humor alongside bringing light to a serious issue.
Amberia Allen also spoke about the issues facing women and women of color in the entertainment industry, which is a focus of her doctoral work. When asked by a student about how to break into the industry, her first piece of advice was to seek out mentorship. Networking and friendships are important in Hollywood, she noted. Second, she warned that someone wanting to get into the field must be prepared for opportunity whenever it pops up. "Be ready for the call."