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A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy

Ian Brodie


This book uses a folkloristic approach to stand-up comedy, engaging the discipline's central method of studying interpersonal, artistic communication and performance. Because stand-up comedy is a rather broad category, people who study it often begin by relating it to something they recognize—“literature” or “theater”; “editorial” or “morality”—and analyze it accordingly. This book begins with a more fundamental observation: someone is standing in front of a group of people, talking to them directly, and trying to make them laugh. So this book takes the moment of performance as its focus, that ... More

Keywords: stand-up comedy, laugh, performances, collaborative act, comedian, audience, intimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781628461824
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Brodie, author
Cape Breton University