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The politics of British stand-up comedy: the new alternative

The politics of British stand-up comedy: the new alternative

Quirk, Sophie, author

This Palgrave Pivot questions how a new generation of alternative stand-up comedians and the political world continue to shape and influence each other. This Palgrave Pivot questions how a new generation of alternative stand-up comedians and the political world continue to shape and influence each other. The Alternative Comedy Movement of the late 1970s and 1980s can be described as a time of unruly experimentation and left-wing radicalism. This book examines how alternative comedians continue to celebrate these characteristics in the twenty-first century, while also moving into a distinct phase of artistic development as the political context of the 1970s and 1980s loses its immediacy. Sophie Quirk draws on original interviews with comedians including Tom Allen, Josie Long, John-Luke Roberts and Tony Law to chart how alternative comedians are shaped by, and in turn respond to, contemporary political challenges from neoliberalism to Brexit, class controversy to commercialism. She argues that many of our assumptions about comedy's politics must be challenged and updated. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the working methods and values of today's alternative comedians

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Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Sophie Quirk
ISBN: 3030011054, 9783030011055
Physical Description: 131 pages : illustrations (colour)
Series: Palgrave studies in comedy
Subject: Acting techniques; Stand-up comedy Great Britain.; Dance; Stand-up comedy Great Britain Political aspects.; Popular culture; Performing Arts.; Films, cinema; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Other performing arts
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in comedy.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9783030011048

Contents

  1. Introduction.
  2. "Where Are All the Right-Wing Comedians?".
  3. Political Challenges of the Millennial Era.
  4. Experimentation: Class, Controversy and an Artistic Lifeline.
  5. Conclusion: Widening the Theoretical Basis for Assessing Stand-Up Politics.