ISBN-10: 1529200156

ISBN-13: 9781529200157

Comedy and Critique explores British expert stand-up comedy within the wake of the choice Comedy flow of the past due 20th century, seeing it as an extension of the politics of the hot Left: status up for oneself as anti-racist, feminist and open to a queering of self and social associations. Daniel Smith demonstrates that the comedian sensibility pervading modern humour is as a lot ‘speaking fact to energy’ because it is realising one’s place ‘in’ energy. The professionalisation of latest Left humour bargains a problem to social and cultural critique. Stand-up comedy has made us all sociologists of self, identification and cultural energy whereas additionally resigning us to a spot the place a comic book sensibility turns into an acknowledgment of the need of social change.

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