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Gender, Authenticity, and Hair in African American Stand-up Comedy

Lanita Jacobs-Huey

in From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women's Hair Care

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195304169
eISBN:
9780199866939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304169.003.04
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter looks beyond the contexts of hair-care practice among African American women to consider narrative performances about hair in black comedy clubs. Black stand-up comedy is an especially ... More


Stand-Up Comedy and a Folkloristic Approach

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/9781628461824.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses how stand-up comedy has gradually been recognized by the academy. Scholars have characterized it as a roughly homogeneous entity, an area of human activity that could be ... 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


Stand-Up Comedy Broadcasts

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/9781628461824.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses how wide-scale network broadcasting has permanently altered the form of stand-up comedy: it had become the predominant medium for stand-up comedy in its early days and ... 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


“A Tennessean in an Unlikely Package”: The Stand-Up Comedy of Henry Cho

Jasmine Kar Tang

in Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037832
eISBN:
9780252095955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037832.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter looks at the comedy and figure of Southern and Asian American entertainer Henry Cho. Cho's representation of his racial subjectivity reveals how he carefully manages others' expectations ... More


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

Daniel R. Smith

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781529200157
eISBN:
9781529200195
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529200157.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Comedy & Critique is a sociological inquiry which seeks to engage with the art-world of the stand-up comedian as well as providing an interpretation of comedic works. It demonstrates a correspondence ... More


Introduction

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/9781529200157.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter provides critical context to the relationship between comedy and sociology. First, the chapter explores Peter Berger’s Redeeming Laughter (2014). In particular the chapter examines ... More


Dick Gregory, Moms Mabley, and Redd Foxx: Bridging the Gap between Comedy, Rage, and Race

Terrence T. Tucker

in Furiously Funny: Comic Rage from Ralph Ellison to Chris Rock

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813054360
eISBN:
9780813053059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054360.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter links the development of comic rage in African American literature to similar and perpendicular changes in stand-up comedy. While Dick Gregory embodies the convergence of the civil ... 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


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


Funny Jihad: Muslim Comedy Takes Flight

Mucahit Bilici

in Finding Mecca in America: How Islam Is Becoming an American Religion

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226049564
eISBN:
9780226922874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226922874.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter discusses the emergence of Muslim comedy after 9/11. By examining the rise of comedy troupes such as Allah Made Me Funny and Axis of Evil, it links Muslim comedy to Islamophobia and the ... More


Comedy Vigilantes

Kal Raustiala and Christopher Jon Sprigman

in The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780195399783
eISBN:
9780190258467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195399783.003.0004
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter looks at how creativity and copying work in the world of stand-up comedy. The world of comedy provides important insights into how some creative communities develop social norms to ... More


Comic Timing: ‘ The secret of great comedy is—wait for it—timing ’

Malcolm Andrews

in Dickensian Laughter: Essays on Dickens and Humour

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199651597
eISBN:
9780191757075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199651597.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter investigates the mystery of comic timing as practised by stand-up comedians and asks whether and how a comic novelist can be said to demonstrate this technique. Dickens was an ... More


Veiling through the Arts

Sahar Amer

in What Is Veiling?

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9781469617756
eISBN:
9781469619804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617756.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter focuses on the portrayal of Muslim women and veiling in the arts. More specifically, it considers how Muslim artists from around the world are increasingly participating in contemporary ... More


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