A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy: Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In A Vulgar Art, Ian Brodie 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 "theatre"; "editorial" or "morality" - and analyze it accordingly. A Vulgar Art 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: stand-up comedy is a collaborative act between the comedian and the audience.
Although the form of talk on the stage resembles talk among friends and intimates in social settings, stand-up comedy remains a profession. As such, it requires performance outside of the comedian's own community to gain larger and larger audiences. How do comedians recreate that atmosphere of intimacy in a room full of strangers? This book regards everything from microphones to clothing and LPs to Twitter as strategies for bridging the spatial, temporal, and socio-cultural distances between the performer and the audience.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 52 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 30 2015|
|Publisher||University Press Audiobooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #232,464 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#409 in Study of Customs & Traditions
#448 in Comedic Performing Arts
#739 in Popular Culture Studies (Audible Books & Originals)