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Comedy and Critique: Stand-Up Comedy and the Professional Ethos of Laughter

Daniel R. Smith


Comedy & Critique is a sociological inquiry which seeks to engage with the art-world of the stand-up comedian as well as providing an interpretation of comedic works. It demonstrates a correspondence between what is happening within stand-up comedy and what is going on in the society from which the comic material arises. The book demonstrates that stand-up comedians are engaged in a proto-sociological enterprise, a method of ‘doing’ sociology. Comedian’s material may be viewed as a comedic acting out of forms of sociological knowledge, an act which is self-driven and intra-personal. Stand-up c ... More

Keywords: stand-up comedy, New Left politics, humour, social theory, alternative comedy, professionalization, persona

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781529200157
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529200157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel R. Smith, author
Anglia Ruskin University

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