Download e-book for iPad: All joking aside : American humor and its discontents by Rebecca Krefting

By Rebecca Krefting

ISBN-10: 1421414317

ISBN-13: 9781421414317

In this exam of stand-up comedy, Rebecca Krefting establishes a brand new style of comedic creation, "charged humor," and charts its pathways from construction to intake. a few jokes are tears within the cloth of our beliefs―they problem myths approximately how reasonable and democratic our society is and the behaviors and practices we enact to keep up these fictions. Jokes loaded with vitriol and added with verve, charged humor compels audiences to motion, artfully summoning political critique.

Since the institutionalization of stand-up comedy as a unique cultural shape, stand-up comics have leveraged charged humor to bare social, political, and financial stratifications. All Joking Aside deals a historical past of charged comedy from the mid-twentieth century to the early aughts, highlighting dozens of gifted comics from Dick Gregory and Robin Tyler to Micia Mosely and Hari Kondabolu.

The approval for charged humor has waxed and waned over the last sixty years. certainly, the heritage of charged humor is a story of intrigue and subversion that includes dive bars, public remonstrations, fickle audiences, motion picture stars became politicians, air carriers, emergent applied sciences, neoliberal mind-sets, and a cavalcade of comedian misfits with an ax to grind. alongside the way in which, Krefting explores the fault strains within the smooth economic climate of humor, why males are appeared to be funnier than ladies, the puzzling approval for modern day minstrelsy, and how identities are packaged and bought within the marketplace.

Appealing to someone drawn to the politics of humor and producing implications for the learn of any type of well known leisure, this heritage displays on why we make the alternatives we do and the collective strength of our consumptive practices. Readers should be thrilled via the extensive array of comedian expertise spotlighted during this booklet, and for these drawn to comedy with substance, it's going to supply an alternate punchline.

Show description

Read Online or Download All joking aside : American humor and its discontents PDF

Similar comedy books

Ben Schrank's Love Is a Canoe: A Novel PDF

Peter Herman is anything of a folks hero. Marriage Is a Canoe, his mythical, decades-old booklet on love and relationships, has received the hearts of hope­ful romantics and determined cynics alike. He and his loved spouse lived a comparatively peaceable lifestyles in upstate long island. yet now it’s 2010, and Peter’s spouse has simply died.

Frank Skinner Autobiography by Frank Skinner PDF

Frank Skinner is definitely one of many funniest and such a lot winning comedians showing on British displays. Born Chris Collins in 1957 he grew up within the West Midlands the place he inherited his father's ardour for soccer, a West Bromich Albion supporter, in addition to a liking for alcohol. Expelled from university at sixteen Frank held a variety of jobs later happening to realize an MA in English Literature.

Stand-Up Comedy: The Book - download pdf or read online

The entire global loves a clown and no matter if you need to clown round at events or make a dwelling as a standup comedian, comic Judy Carter can aid you "do" comedy.

World's Dirtiest Joke Book by Steve Rossi PDF

The digital re-release of Steve Rossi's well known shaggy dog story e-book. The World's Dirtiest comic story e-book received males of every age in difficulty for its filthy humor. you can now obtain it on kindle to get pleasure from in password secure comfort.

http://www. dereferer. org/? http%3A%2F%2Fwww. amazon. co. uk%2FWorlds-Dirtiest-Joke-Steve-Rossi-ebook%2Fdp%2FB0078HTSDI

Review from amazon:
While most likely appropriate on the time it was once written, this e-book, in today's international, is actually offensive

Extra resources for All joking aside : American humor and its discontents

Sample text

13 Legal status notwithstanding, Jobrani makes all US occupants citizens, if only cultural, a rhetorical strategy that confers value and importance to everyone, not just the privileged, card-­bearing members of the United States. ”14 When I refer to charged humor or humor enacting cultural citizenship, I mean humor that seeks to represent the underrepresented, to empower and affirm marginalized communities and identities, and to edify and mobilize their audiences. This may manifest as jokes addressing social inequalities, national contradictions, and negative repre­sen­ta­tions or in calling attention to hateful language, power relations, and cultural grievances.

While many minority comics perform charged humor, they do not have to and we should not assume that they do or will; they are under no obligation to use humor to engender community or speak out against bigotry. In fact, minority comics seeking a professional career in comedy face extraordinary commercial and social pressures to perform in ways that corroborate ste­reo­types and satisfy audience expectations about “otherness,” for example, a gay man who ratchets up the gay to gain audience approval (think: Jack from Will and Making Connections 35 Grace) or a Black comic who acts gangsta’ although she has never set foot in a ghetto.

There are men who believe this. There are men who believe that a woman because of her biology has her judgment impaired once a month. Well I am a man who happens to have a penis and testicles. My judgment is impaired every five to seven minutes [laughter].  ​I wake up some mornings with my judgment impaired [laughter]. 20 Kondabolu challenges biological arguments about females’ capacity to lead the country, but it would be difficult to assess whether audience members may change their minds about whether or not a woman would be as good a president as a man.

Download PDF sample

All joking aside : American humor and its discontents by Rebecca Krefting

by Joseph

Rated 4.63 of 5 – based on 7 votes
This entry was posted in Comedy.