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The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy

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The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy examines how contemporary writer/performers are influenced by the comedic vaudevillians of the early 20th century. By tracing the history and legacy of the vaudeville era and performance acts, like the Marx Brothers and The Three Keatons, and moving through the silent and early sound films of the early 1930s, the author looks at how comic writer/performers continue to sell a brand of themselves as a form of social commentary in order to confront and dispel stereotypes of race, class, and gender. The first study to explore contemporary popular comic culture and its influence on American society from this unique perspective, Rick DesRochers analyzes stand-up and improvisational comedy writing/performing in the work of Larry David, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Dave Chappelle. He grounds these choices by examining their evolution as they developed signature characters and sketches for their respective shows Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and Chappelle 's Show .


Rick DesRochers is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Long Island University Post, US, and an Associate Artist at the PlayPenn New Play Development Conference. He has served as the Literary Director of New Play and Musical Development for the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival and The Goodman Theatre of Chicago, as well as the Artistic Director of the New Theatre of Boston. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage direction and dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Ph.D. in theatre history and theory from the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is currently working on a history of popular comedy acts during the Progressive Era entitled, Comedy on the Offensive: Americanization and the Vaudeville Comedian, to be published in Spring 2014.


Explores the legacy of the offensive and subversive in American comedy performance.


Introduction: Where Did That Come From? Chapter 1: "What's Real Got to Do With What We Do?" - The History and Legacy of the Vaudeville Comedian's Gag and Sketch Chapter 2: Larry David - The Improvisation of "Larry Jew" and "The Blacks" Chapter 3: Tina Fey - The Self-Deprecating Sketch of Self Chapter 4: Stephen Colbert's 'Nation' - Comedy Goes to Washington Chapter 5: Dave Chappelle - Minstrelsy Enters the Twenty-First Century Conclusion: The Legacy of the Comic Vaudevillian and the "New Humor" in Contemporary Mass Media Performance Endnotes of Academic Citations, Reviews, and Primary Sources "Comedy-ography" of David, Fey, Colbert and Chappelle Bibliography of Secondary Sources and Further Reading


Titel: The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy
Untertitel: Larry David, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Dave Chappelle
EAN: 9781441160874
ISBN: 978-1-4411-6087-4
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 176
Gewicht: 278g
Größe: H230mm x B152mm x T12mm
Jahr: 2014