The Radical Potential of Womens Comedy Angie Smith

ISBN: 9783838338651

Published: January 28th 2010

Paperback

224 pages


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The Radical Potential of Womens Comedy  by  Angie Smith

The Radical Potential of Womens Comedy by Angie Smith
January 28th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 224 pages | ISBN: 9783838338651 | 6.74 Mb

With the recent advent of multi-channel television and an upsurge in live community festivals, the demand for comedy entertainment has also increased. A substantial share of this demand has been met by women comedians. To date, however, littleMoreWith the recent advent of multi-channel television and an upsurge in live community festivals, the demand for comedy entertainment has also increased. A substantial share of this demand has been met by women comedians. To date, however, little academic literature has mapped this trend or analyzed its potential. Traditional constructions of comedy as a frivolous pastime are inadequate to explain the transformative power of shared laughter, as community acceptance of assertive funny women has radicalized the entertainment landscape.

This book provides new insights into how women use humour to raise thorny issues to enhance both personal relations between the sexes and public appreciation of diversity. A womens comedy festival, depicted through the stories of comedians, organisers and audience, reveals comedy and joke-telling celebrating human struggles, increasing peoples ability to connect with each other and to participate in the power economies of society.

The analysis helps shed light on this exciting new form of social activism, and should be especially useful to performing arts professionals, media and womens studies scholars, or anyone else considering the uses of comedy.



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