The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader is a selection of the most outstanding critical analysis featured in the journal Comedy Studies in the decade since its inception in 2010. The Reader illustrates the multiple perspectives that are available when analysing comedy. Wilkie's selections present an array of critical approaches from interdisciplinary scholars, all of whom evaluate the comedy from different angles and adopt a range of writing styles to explore the phenomenon. Divided into eight unique sections, the Reader offers both breadth and depth with its wide range of interdisciplinary articles and international perspectives.Of interest to students, scholars, and lovers of comedy alike, The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader offers a contemporary sample of general analyses of comedy as a mode, form, and genre.
AcknowledgmentsIan Wilkie: an introductory foreword chapter by the editor of Comedy Studies JournalSection 1Back to Basics: What is Comedy and Where Does It Come From?Chris Ritchie Against comedy (1:2)Peter Marteinson Thoughts on the current state of humor theory (1:2)Ian Wilkie and Matthew Saxton The origins of comic performance in adult-child interaction (1:1)Caspar Addyman and Ishbel Addyman The science of baby laughter(4:2)Section 2Old Comedy: Taproots and Tropes Rachel Kirk The time travelling miser (2:1)Louise Peacock Conflict and slapstick in commedia dell' arte (4:1)Richard Talbot and Barnaby King Clowns do ethnography (5:1)Section 3Class, Gender, Race: Reading Comedy's Issues Isaac Hui Hamlet, comedy and class struggle (4:2)David Huxley and David James Race, class and gender in British music hall (3:1)Gilli Bush-Bailey Women like us? (3:2)Section 4Doing Comedy: Giving, Receiving, Causes and Effects Hannah Ballou Pretty Funny (4:2)Tim Miles No greater foe? (audience and stand ups) (5:1)Lloyd Peters The roots of alternative comedy? (4: 1)Christopher Molineux Life memory archive (documentation in stand up) (7:1)Section 5New Comedy? Interviews with PractitionersOliver Double interview with Ross Noble (1:1)Tony Moon interview with Stewart Lee (2:1)Tony Moon interview with Barry Cryer (2:2)Gary Turk interview with Charlie Hanson (3:1)Tony Moon interview with Tiffany Stevenson (3:2)Sam Friedman interview with Russell Kane (4: 2)Sam Friedman interview with Les Dennis (4:2)Kara Hunt on Chris Rock (5:2)Tony Moon interview with John Lloyd (8:1)Ian Wilkie interview with Kate Fox (8:2)Section 6Critical Angles: Essays on a Joan Rivers' RoutineSharon Lockyer From toothpick legs to dropping vaginas (2:2 )Louise Peacock Joan Rivers - reading the meaning (2:2)Brett Mills Humour theory and Joan Rivers (2:2)Section 7The World of Comedy: Culture and SatireDebra Aarons and Marc Mierowsky Obscenity, dirtiness and licence in Jewish comedy (5:2)Grant Julin Satire in a Multicultural World: A Bakhtinian Analysis (9:2)Mark Harmon, Barbara Kaye, Amanda Martin - When Silly Meets Serious (9:2)Ian Reilly The comedian the cat and the activist (6:1)Cate Blouke Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen and seriousness of mock documentary (6:1)Section 8New Comedy? Emerging Platforms and Forms of Expression Kyle Meikle A book and a movie walk into a bar (6:2)Peter Kunze Kidding around: children, comedy and social media (5:1)Rebecca Krefting and Rebecca Baruc Social media and comedy (6:2)Jillian Belanger Comedy meets media 6 2Lucien Leon The animated moving image as political cartoon (9:1)Matthew Mckeague Is vlogging the new stand up? (9:1)Index