The Comedians

The Comedians

Pips was the first paying gig for a generation of comedians in the early 1970s. “It was a tough, hard room, but for many of us it was the first room,” says comedian Paul Provenza. “A lot of people cut their teeth there, and it had a lot ...

Author: Kliph Nesteroff

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802190864

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 432

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In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff’s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years. Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian—an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy’s part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.
Categories: Performing Arts

Hollywood Comedians the Film Reader

Hollywood Comedians  the Film Reader

Comedian comedy as generic tradition Where many earlier discussions of comedian comedy either focused on individual performers or proclaimed the pre - eminence of the silent screen , Steve Seidman sought to map a broader generic terrain ...

Author: Frank Krutnik

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415235529

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

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Essays explore a variety of comedy films and comedians, from the silent era to the present day, covering such performers as the Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Lucille Ball, and Jerry Lewis.
Categories: Performing Arts

Summary of Kliph Nesteroff s The Comedians

Summary of Kliph Nesteroff s The Comedians

The most prominent African American comedian in radio was Eddie Anderson, who played Benny's valet, Rochester Van Jones. His raspy voice and sarcastic comments frequently upstaged the star. #6 During his time on The Jack Benny Program, ...

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 9781669351689

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 55

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 In the early twentieth century, the United States had around 5,000 vaudeville theaters. They were controlled by a small group of moguls who were extremely wealthy and sought only to maximize profit. They intimidated their competitors into submission. #2 The Orpheum circuit had been Keith-Albee’s largest competitor, with theaters in Calgary, Champaign, Davenport, Decatur, Denver, Des Moines, Duluth, Fresno, Kansas City, Lincoln, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Oakland, Omaha, Portland, Rockford, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Sioux City. #3 Vaudeville was a rough life, and many of the acts lived in boardinghouses or did odd jobs to subsidize their meager incomes. Some comics were in demand not for their act, but for their connections. #4 The burlesque and vaudeville comedy scenes were completely separate from each other, and burlesque relied on stock routines and characters. The most common burlesque comedy conventions were racial caricature and rampaging husbands.
Categories: Performing Arts

The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians

The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians

Then I list a fair sampling of the comedian's films. By no means are these to be taken as comprehensive filmographies: they are films I have actually seen, along with a lot of films I haven't seen (and in some cases, neither has anyone ...

Author: James Roots

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442236509

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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This book ranks the top 100 silent film stars based on a scale that considers creativity, originality, chemistry with fellow performers, and other factors. The author also promotes some lesser-known performers, singles out each artist’s best works, and identifies key films available on DVD.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Comedian as Critic

The Comedian as Critic

Furthermore, there is no other evidence for these supposed sophistic treatises, for all that Gorgias and the others are known to have been interested in literary and linguistic matters.20 The question of the comedians' sources (or ...

Author: Matthew Wright

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781780933467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Some of the best evidence for the early development of literary criticism before Plato and Aristotle comes from Athenian Old Comedy. Playwrights such as Eupolis, Cratinus, Aristophanes and others wrote numerous comedies on literary themes, commented on their own poetry and that of their rivals, and played around with ideas and theories from the contemporary intellectual scene. How can we make use of the evidence of comedy? Why were the comic poets so preoccupied with questions of poetics? What criteria emerge from comedy for the evaluation of literature? What do the ancient comedians' jokes say about their own literary tastes and those of their audience? How do different types of readers in antiquity evaluate texts, and what are the similarities and differences between 'popular' and 'professional' literary criticism? Does Greek comedy have anything serious to say about the authors and texts it criticizes? How can the comedians be related to the later literary-critical tradition represented by Plato, Aristotle and subsequent writers? This book attempts to answer these questions by examining comedy in its social and intellectual context, and by using approaches from modern literary theory to cast light on the ancient material.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar

A Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar

Yet despite a persistent media narrative attributing activist impulses to contemporary comedians,56 little is known about how comedy creators themselves actually understand their work—what goals they have when they create socially ...

Author: Caty Borum Chattoo

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520971356

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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"A comprehensive and insightful examination of the ways comedy can help shape social justice movements."––Hasan Minhaj, Comedian and Host of the Netflix series Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj Comedy is a powerful contemporary source of influence and information. In the still-evolving digital era, the opportunity to consume and share comedy has never been as available. And yet, despite its vast cultural imprint, comedy is a little-understood vehicle for serious public engagement in urgent social justice issues – even though humor offers frames of hope and optimism that can encourage participation in social problems. Moreover, in the midst of a merger of entertainment and news in the contemporary information ecology, and a decline in perceptions of trust in government and traditional media institutions, comedy may be a unique force for change in pressing social justice challenges. Comedians who say something serious about the world while they make us laugh are capable of mobilizing the masses, focusing a critical lens on injustices, and injecting hope and optimism into seemingly hopeless problems. By combining communication and social justice frameworks with contemporary comedy examples, authors Caty Borum Chattoo and Lauren Feldman show us how comedy can help to serve as a vehicle of change. Through rich case studies, audience research, and interviews with comedians and social justice leaders and strategists, A Comedian and an Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice explains how comedy – both in the entertainment marketplace and as cultural strategy – can engage audiences with issues such as global poverty, climate change, immigration, and sexual assault, and how activists work with comedy to reach and empower publics in the networked, participatory digital media age.
Categories: Social Science

The Shapeless God

The Shapeless God

In Greene's world, power is one of the many disguises of evil, and in The Comedians the fear engendered by power becomes the device by which the question of innocence is forced into prominence. The fact of the matter is that Greene in ...

Author: Harry John Mooney

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 9780822975731

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Nine noted literary critics examine the spiritual and religious elements in the fiction of such diverse writers as James Baldwin, J. F. Powers, Graham Greene, Par Lagerkvist, and Flannery O’Connor. Contributors: Robert Boyle, S.J.; Robert McAfee Brown; A. A. Devitis; Herbert Howarth; Maralee Frampton; Nathan A. Scott, Jr.; Albert Sonnenfeld; Winston Weathers; and the editors
Categories: Literary Criticism

The comedians

The comedians

Author: Dmitriĭ Borisovich Kabalevskiĭ

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106001335550

Category: Incidental music

Page: 102

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Categories: Incidental music

Putting Image Repair to the Test

Putting Image Repair to the Test

the comedians' concern for their audience's approval and their propensity to implement a recovery strategy in order to reestablish a positive image. The four items were found to be reliable (alpha = 0.742). Recovery Strategy Implemented ...

Author: Joseph R. Blaney

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498517751

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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Putting Image Repair to the Test:Quantitative Applications of Image Restoration Theory examines content analytic, attitudinal, and behavioral claims to advance current assertions made about image repair discourse, its effects, and the surrounding discourse. The contributors provide empirical data to answer research questions and to test various hypotheses in one substantive volume that builds on prior research in this field. Recommended for scholars in communication studies, public relations, and journalism.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Dynamics of Interactional Humor

The Dynamics of Interactional Humor

Mintz (1985) also holds that comedians have started building a so-called comic persona (cf. “the comedian's style” in Pate, 2014: 58), becoming the voice of their contemporary culture, tantamount to counter-culture social commentators ...

Author: Villy Tsakona

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027264626

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 324

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This book deals with the construction of diverse forms of humor in everyday oral, written, and mediatized interactions. It sheds light on the differences and, most importantly, the similarities in the production of interactional humor in face-to-face and various technology-mediated forms of communication, including scripted and non-scripted situations. The chapters analyze humor-related issues in such genres as spontaneous conversations, broadcast dialogues, storytelling, media blogs, bilingual conversations, stand-up comedy, TV documentaries, drama series, family sitcoms, Facebook posts, and internet memes. The individual authors trace how speakers collaboratively circulate, reconstruct, and (re)frame either personal or public accounts of reality, aiming –among other things– to produce and/or reproduce humor. Rather than being “finished” products with a “single” interpretation, humorous texts are thus approached as dynamic communicative events that give rise to diverse interpretations and meanings. The book draws on a variety of up-to-date approaches and methodologies, and will appeal to scholars in discourse analysis, conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, pragmatics, ethnography of communication, and social semiotics.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines