American Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy: Between Race and Gender Elizabeth Ludwig

ISBN: 9783836494267

Published: May 1st 2008

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96 pages


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American Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy: Between Race and Gender  by  Elizabeth Ludwig

American Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy: Between Race and Gender by Elizabeth Ludwig
May 1st 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 96 pages | ISBN: 9783836494267 | 8.24 Mb

Stand-up and sketch comedy are live forms of entertainment that have been popularized in America through media. Analyzing the performance strategies of comedians Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho, this thesis investigates how these artists constructMoreStand-up and sketch comedy are live forms of entertainment that have been popularized in America through media. Analyzing the performance strategies of comedians Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho, this thesis investigates how these artists construct abject performance identities in order to gain a mainstream or constituency audience and use irony and parody to create social commentary on race, gender and sexual stereotyping.

According to John Limons theory of the abject in stand-up comedy, the comic performer simultaneously owns and rejects the abject aspects of his/her identity. Is the result then a kind of blackface performance for the benefit of the mainstream, or is the proud performance of ones abjection empowering?

This paper explores this issue by analyzing performance strategies, the status of parody in the postmodern condition, and the economics of the cultural industry, including the role of the spectator in the construction of meaning.



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