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Comedy and Critique Stand-Up Comedy and the Professional Ethos of Laughter
bookposted on 2023-07-26, 14:23 authored by Daniel R. Smith
Comedy and Critique explores British professional stand-up comedy in the wake of the Alternative Comedy movement of the late twentieth century, seeing it as an extension of the politics of the New Left: standing up for oneself as anti-racist, feminist and open to a queering of self and social institutions. Daniel Smith demonstrates that the comic sensibility pervading contemporary humour is as much ‘speaking truth to power’ as it is realising one’s position ‘in’ power. The professionalisation of New Left humour offers a challenge to social and cultural critique. Stand-up comedy has made us all sociologists of self, identity and cultural power while also resigning us to a place where a comic sensibility becomes an acknowledgment of the necessity of social change.
Number of pages216
SeriesBristol Shorts Research
PublisherBristol University Press
Place of publicationBristol, UK