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The Comedian as the Letter I, or the Perils of Vaudeville in a Post-Modern age: On Irving Feldman (2001)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter criticizes the works of American poet Irving Feldman. It suggests that Feldman can be considered a poet comedian and a multifaceted performer extraordinaire and explains that the ... More


A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy

Ian Brodie

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461824
eISBN:
9781626740921
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461824.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This book uses a folkloristic approach to stand-up comedy, engaging the discipline's central method of studying interpersonal, artistic communication and performance. Because stand-up comedy is a ... More


Stages of Loss: The English Comedians and their Reception

George Oppitz-Trotman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198858805
eISBN:
9780191890901
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198858805.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, Early and Medieval Literature

Stages of Loss supplies an original and deeply researched account of travel and festivity in early modern Europe, complicating, revising, and sometimes entirely rewriting received accounts of the ... More


Islam and humour: more than just a debate about cartoons

Jonathan Ervine

in Humour in Contemporary France: Controversy, Consensus and Contradictions

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620511
eISBN:
9781789629811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620511.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter will build on Chapter Three’s focus on comedians whose material that draws on their ethnic or racial origins by focusing on French comedians who draw on their Muslim roots when ... More


My Poor Heart Sometimes Runs, Sometimes Whirls: Meet Sa‘di the Comedian

Fatemeh Keshavarz

in Lyrics of Life: Sa'di on Love, Cosmopolitanism and Care of the Self

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780748696925
eISBN:
9781474408608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696925.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter discusses the light-hearted ways in which Sa’di connects to his readers as a comedian. His goal the chapter argues is to infuse the most sacred and serious moments with laughter. For ... More


Muertos de risa (1999): comedy, television, history

Peter Buse, Núria Triana Toribio, and Andy Willis

in The Cinema of Alex de la Iglesia

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719071362
eISBN:
9781781700952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719071362.003.0023
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Muertos de risa tells the story of the rise and fall of two fictional stars of Spanish popular television, the comedians Nino and Bruno. One of its most striking aspects is its retro style and 1970s ... More


Early modern humour

Indira Ghose

in Shakespeare and Laughter: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719076923
eISBN:
9781781700983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719076923.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter focuses on changes in early modern humour. The first few decades of the professional theatre had been dominated by star comedians such as Dick Tarlton and Will Kemp. In the 1590s, ... More


Benny at War with the Radio Critics

Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley

in Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520295049
eISBN:
9780520967946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295049.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Radio

Jack Benny and his radio program faced numerous challenges during World War II – difficult performances at military camps, key personnel lost to the draft, mediocre comedy, and creative ennui. Benny ... More


Introduction

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

in Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This section sets the background for the telling of Langdon’s story, which is divided into three phases. It also tells the story of how this biography came to be and expresses the author’s hope that ... More


Prolonged Stardom: Audio Records, TV and Film, 1961–2004

Alex Symons

in Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries: Survival and Prolonged Adaptation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780748649587
eISBN:
9780748676484
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748649587.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Brooks's career as a film and TV comedian. Brooks, like so many other comedians, capitalised on each subsequent role by recycling material from previous appearances. In fact, ... More


Where Is the Stand-Up Comedian?: Stand-Up on Stage

Ian Brodie

in A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461824
eISBN:
9781626740921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461824.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter talks about how stand-up comedy requires the presence of someone at the comedian's performance to react and move the performance along. Taking the “unmediated performance” as a starting ... More


Who Is a Stand-Up Comedian?: The Social Identity

Ian Brodie

in A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461824
eISBN:
9781626740921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461824.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on determining who the stand-up is by exploring some conceptions about what stand-up comedy is and what the stand-up comedian does. To identify oneself as a “stand-up comedian” ... More


Who Is This Stand-Up Comedian?: The Performance of Self

Ian Brodie

in A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461824
eISBN:
9781626740921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461824.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter considers how the stand-up comedian makes claims to further complement social identities that locate her or him in relation to the audience beyond that single pairing of “stand-up ... More


What Is the Stand-Up Comedian?: Intimate Other

Ian Brodie

in A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461824
eISBN:
9781626740921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461824.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter delves into what the comedian says is a detached observer. In this manner, the stand-up comedian is seen as “outside” enough that what he or she has to say is interesting, as opposed to ... More


Satire That Would “Gag a Goat”: Crossing the Line with Paul Krassner and Lenny Bruce

in Revel with a Cause: Liberal Satire in Postwar America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226431642
eISBN:
9780226431659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226431659.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

By the early 1960s, a few performers and artists were challenging the limits of satiric irreverence with material that was even too indicting, despairing, or profane for the tastes of many educated, ... More


“Well-Aimed Ridicule”: Satirizing American Race Relations

in Revel with a Cause: Liberal Satire in Postwar America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226431642
eISBN:
9780226431659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226431659.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how liberal satirists extended their critique into the area of American race relations. Joined by three African Americans—cartoonist Ollie Harrington and comedians Godfrey ... More


The Art of Stand-Up Comedy

Daniel R. Smith

in Comedy and Critique: Stand-Up Comedy and the Professional Ethos of Laughter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781529200157
eISBN:
9781529200195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529200157.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter provides a sociological theory of the stand-up comedian. It seeks to establish a theory of humour which arises in modern societies and the sociality that drives such humour. Although ... More


The Critique of Comic Reason

Daniel R. Smith

in Comedy and Critique: Stand-Up Comedy and the Professional Ethos of Laughter

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781529200157
eISBN:
9781529200195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529200157.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter brings together themes and arguments from the preceding chapters to outline a theory of stand-up comedians as proto-sociologists. It begins by outlining a potential ‘subterranean’ ... More


Conclusion: Attention Must Be Paid, but for How Much Longer?

Russell Frank

in Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739282
eISBN:
9781604739299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739282.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the so-called newslore or the folklore on the Internet. It speculates on the future of newslore and highlights some observations ... More


The Theater

Arna Bontemps

in The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037696
eISBN:
9780252094958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037696.003.0028
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on Negro theater in Illinois. In May 1877, a Negro troupe played Out of Bondage in Chicago, and the Daily Inter Ocean described the performance as “one of the very best ... More


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