Download Stand-up Comedy in Theory, or, Abjection in America (New by John Limon PDF

By John Limon

Stand-Up Comedy in idea, or, Abjection in the USA is the 1st examine of stand-up comedy as a kind of artwork. John Limon appreciates and analyzes the explicit perform of stand-up itself, relocating past theories of the shaggy dog story, of the comedian, and of comedy in most cases to learn stand-up during the lens of literary and cultural conception. Limon argues that stand-up is an artform most sensible outlined via its fascination with the abject, Julia Kristeva’s time period for these facets of oneself which are obnoxious to one’s feel of identification yet which are nevertheless—like blood, feces, or urine—impossible to jettison as soon as and for all. All of a comedian’s lifestyles, Limon asserts, is abject during this sense.Limon starts off with stand-up comics within the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s—Lenny Bruce, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Elaine May—when the norm of the career used to be the Jewish, male, heterosexual comic. He then strikes towards the current with analyses of David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Ellen DeGeneres, and Paula Poundstone. Limon comprises feminist, race, and queer theories to argue that the “comedification” of America—stand-up comedy’s get away from its slim origins—involves the repossession by way of black, woman, queer, and Protestant comedians of what used to be black, lady, queer, but suburbanizing in Jewish, male, heterosexual comedy. Limon’s formal definition of stand-up as abject paintings therefore hinges on his declare that the good American comedians of the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties situated their comedy on the position (which may were conceived in 1960 as a situation among manhattan urban or Chicago and their suburbs) the place physique is thrown off for the brain and materiality is thrown off for abstraction—at where, that's, the place American abjection has continuously chanced on its home.As the 1st examine of its type, Stand-Up Comedy in thought, or, Abjection in the US will entice a large viewers together with these drawn to cultural experiences, Jewish stories, gender and queer thought.

Show description

Read or Download Stand-up Comedy in Theory, or, Abjection in America (New Americanists) PDF

Best comedy books

L'Importance d'être Constant: Comédie banale pour les gens sérieux, précédé de "La première Gay Pride"

Jack Worthing et Algernon Moncrieff, deux jeunes dandies du Londres de los angeles fin du XIXe siècle, se sont inventé un father or mother et un ami fictif, bien commode pour échapper aux duties sociales. Pour Jack, c'est consistent, frère débauché qui lui permet de fuir l. a. campagne ; pour Algernon, c'est Bunbury, ami toujours souffrant, qui lui permet de fuir Londres.

According to Yes

Sunrise French, number 1 bestselling writer of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh expensive Silvia, returns together with her joyously humorous new novel, based on YES.

The international Land of the Very filthy rich - differently often called Manhattan's higher East aspect - has its personal inflexible code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by way of the Wilder-Bingham family members.

Emotional screens - unacceptable.

Unruly behaviour - certainly no longer welcome.

Fun - no thanks.

This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's nation. A fantastically displayed impeccably edited fort of restraint.

So while Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old fundamental tuition instructor from England, bounces into their lives with a mystery sorrow and a middle as titanic because the urban, not anyone realises that she hasn't learn the guideline book.

For the Wilder-Bingham relations, whose lives start to get to the bottom of thread by way of thread, the results are explosive. simply because after a life of announcing no, what occurs while everybody starts off asserting . . . yes?

'I cherished in accordance with certain. It's so various to whatever I've learn in eternally, so fascinating, clever, brilliantly written. I enjoyed it all' Marian Keyes

'There is a lot of enjoyable available examining this e-book. It's most unlikely to not hot to Rosie, a humorous and open-hearted girl who acts as a salve and luxury blanket for this unsatisfied, inhibited relations. There's anything particularly joyous concerning the means she unashamedly romps her manner in the course of the novel, altering the lives of these round her for the better' Express

'French can spin a yarn . . . which units in accordance with sure except the standard chick-lit template. imagine the vicar of Dibley, with no the puppy collar. sure definite convinced indeed' Independent

Further compliment for sunrise French:

'A marvelous slam-dunk pageturner. humorous, enriching . . . web page after web page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday

'A hilarious photograph of kinfolk lifestyles within the twenty-first century' Sunday Express

'Extremely funny' Sunday Times

'Dawn tackles the large ones - love, loss of life, grief, early life, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian

'Makes you chortle on each page' The Times

'A brilliantly saw, very humorous novel of kin life' girl and Home

'Funny, fairly relaxing, hugely prompt. an excellent author - witty, clever, poignant' day-by-day Mail

How Did All This Happen?

If you’re a guy of a definite age you’ll comprehend there comes some degree in lifestyles while getting a activities automobile and over-analysing your contribution to society feels like a truly reliable idea.
With an excellent activity in revenues and advertising and a pleasant apartment in Manchester that he shared together with his spouse and children, John Bishop was once no diverse whilst he grew to become the scary 4-0. yet rather than spanking a load of money on a automobile that will have made him appear like a senior stylist at Vidal Sassoon, he stumbled onto a pathway that eventually lead him to turn into one of many nation’s top enjoyed comedians. It was once a bet, yet boy, did it pay off.

How Did All This occur? is the tale of the way a boy who, turning out to be up on a council property dreaming of ousting Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool FC’s beginning line-up, all of sudden came upon himself on level in entrance of millions of individuals national, at an age while he must have identified better.

In his personal inimitable variety, John courses us via his lifestyles from leaving the property and traveling the globe on a shoe string, to marriage, youngsters and the break up that led him to being on a degree complaining to strangers one evening – the evening that modified his lifestyles and began his trip to stardom.

Wonderfully unique and filled with vibrant memories and comical anecdotes, this can be a heart-warming, life-affirming and finally very, very humorous memoir from one of many nation’s maximum comedians.

All Year Long!: Funny Readers Theatre for Life's Special Times

This reader's theatre compilation of latest, funny performs that take care of the issues middle-school scholars face is the same to the author's prior instructor principles Press name, simply care for It! The performs in throughout the year! are themed to slot detailed instances of 12 months reminiscent of the start of college, vacations, and spring holiday and tackle difficulties skilled via this age group—peer strain, worry of failure, jealousy, and extra.

Additional info for Stand-up Comedy in Theory, or, Abjection in America (New Americanists)

Example text

The joke on moderation—the joke that extravagance here takes the form of moderation—is easier to admire than laugh at; the temperateness of nectarines, as opposed to their tempered parentage, is not an important datum for children or, therefore, memory for adults. There is, I believe, some humor in this respite. ’’ ‘‘Just nice’’ has the feel of off-English, the language of first-generation immigrants telling fables to their grandchildren, with the result that the structure ‘‘not extreme, not extreme, perfect mean’’ is nudged from dead center.

Heterosexuality may be read, in Koestenbaum, as the adding of a third term to homosexual dyads; homosexuality may be read, in Castle, as the subtracting of a third term from heterosexual triads. The relevance of this numerology to my concerns derives from the coincidence that the structure of a ‘‘tendentious’’ joke, in Freud, either begins with a heterosexual dyad (insistent man, resistant woman) and adds a third term, another man, potential rival, for the sake of civilizing the excitations of smut, or begins with a male-male dyad (powerful man, weak man) and adds a third term, again another man, for the sake of defusing aggression.

She did not pay for her outrage. Her crime, by an alchemical plea bargain, paid. I have tried to infer what is most abject in comedy (the city and its commercial filth, the body and its excrement) from its angelic geometry (the theorems of the indivisibility of performer and audience), and this is the largest tenet of the Euclidean faith: from two points (comedian and crowd) of the stand-up circle diametrically opposed, stand-up is the resurrection of your father as your child. 1 Johnny Carson was a similar case to a lesser degree.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.04 of 5 – based on 4 votes