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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 construction, "charged humor," and charts its pathways from creation to intake. a few jokes are tears within the textile of our beliefs―they problem myths approximately how reasonable and democratic our society is and the behaviors and practices we enact to take care of 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 fiscal stratifications. All Joking Aside bargains a background 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 acclaim for charged humor has waxed and waned over the last sixty years. certainly, the historical past of charged humor is a story of intrigue and subversion that includes dive bars, public remonstrations, fickle audiences, motion picture stars became politicians, schedule carriers, emergent applied sciences, neoliberal mind-sets, and a cavalcade of comedian misfits with an ax to grind. alongside the best way, Krefting explores the fault strains within the sleek economic climate of humor, why males are looked as if it would be funnier than girls, the complicated approval for modern day minstrelsy, and how identities are packaged and offered within the marketplace.

Appealing to somebody attracted to the politics of humor and producing implications for the examine of any type of renowned leisure, this historical past displays on why we make the alternatives we do and the collective strength of our consumptive practices. Readers could be overjoyed via the extensive array of comedian expertise spotlighted during this booklet, and for these attracted to comedy with substance, it's going to supply another punchline.

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The popularity of infotainment or news shows using humor to impart information like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report attests to the public’s desire to consume po­liti­cal and social satire, some of which is charged humor. 27 Perhaps dismissed as an innocuous form of entertainment, comic per­for­mances, whether charged, satirical or pseudo-­satirical, communicate messages. For charged humor but not necessarily for satire, these messages privilege agency, community, and redress. Like shock comedy, self-­deprecating humor, minstrelsy, or performing marginality, charged humor can be satirical.

This appears to be a solid strategy for getting a foot in the door. In sum, charged humor is not as eco­nom­ical­ly viable as noncharged humor. , different moments in history allow for some charged comics to emerge as national icons) and the individual comic in terms of her identity, stage persona, or point of view, and the frequency, style, and critique of her charged humor. If a comic headlines at Carolines on Broadway, a club in Times Square known for pulling in tourists from across the nation and around the world, she must have either a modicum of notoriety (in that case she could include charged humor) or the jokes must appeal to the majority assembled there.

In fact, humor offers gentle rebuke, like a mama bear cuffing her cub. I reserve the designation of charged humor for the material of jokesters whose counterhegemonic material aligns with their artistic objectives. In other words, it is important to examine what a comic says onstage as well as offstage. In this way, I attempt to avoid specious recuperations or readings for re­sis­tance of comic material that may be many things, including satirical, but does not intend to be resistant or effect social change.

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