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

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

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Title: “Joke’s on You!”: Stand-up Comedy Performance and the Management of Hecklers
Author: Rao, Sameer
Advisor: McCormick, Lisa
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Sociology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
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.
Subject: Stand-up comedy -- Social aspects
Subject: Stand-up comedy
Subject: Stand-up comedy -- Performances
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7385

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Rao, Sameer. "“Joke’s on You!”: Stand-up Comedy Performance and the Management of Hecklers". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7385.

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