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“Joke’s on You!”: Stand-up Comedy Performance and the Management of Hecklers

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dc.contributor.advisor McCormick, Lisa Rao, Sameer 2011-09-02T15:44:59Z 2011-09-02T15:44:59Z 2011
dc.description.abstract Stand-up comedy performance provides a space for audiences to experience collective effervescence. The biggest challenge to that effervescence is the heckler, and the ways in which comedians deal with hecklers underscore cultural understandings of what is or is not funny. I explore stand-up comedy shows on various levels to understand different forms of heckling and strategies for managing disruption through Michael Reay’s work on the social origins of humor and Jeffrey Alexander’s cultural pragmatics model. After explicating these theoretical models in relation to stand-up comedy, examples from live performances in Philadelphia and Boston, as well as selections from televised comedy performances, are used to examine heckling incidents and identify the advantages and risks involved in each type of response. en
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of Sociology
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject.lcsh Stand-up comedy -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Stand-up comedy
dc.subject.lcsh Stand-up comedy -- Performances
dc.title “Joke’s on You!”: Stand-up Comedy Performance and the Management of Hecklers en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en
dc.rights.access Open Access

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