The Comic Event: Comedic Performance from the 1950s to the Present (Paperback)
  • The Comic Event: Comedic Performance from the 1950s to the Present (Paperback)
zoom

The Comic Event: Comedic Performance from the 1950s to the Present (Paperback)

(author)
£28.99
Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 25/07/2019
  • In stock online
  • Free UK delivery

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
The Comic Event approaches comedy as dynamic phenomenon that involves the gathering of elements of performance, signifiers, timings, tones, gestures, previous comic bits, and other self-conscious structures into an "event" that triggers, by virtue of a "cut," an expected/unexpected resolution. Using examples from mainstream comedy, The Comic Event progresses from the smallest comic moment-jokes, bits-to the more complex-caricatures, sketches, sit-coms, parody films, and stand-up routines. Judith Roof builds on side comments from Henri Bergson's short treatise "Laughter," Sigmund Freud's Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, and various observations from Aristotle to establish comedy as a complex, multifaceted practice. In seeing comedy as a gathering event that resolves with a "cut," Roof characterizes comedy not only by a predictable unpredictability occasioned by a sudden expected/unexpected insight, but also by repetition, seriality, self-consciousness, self-referentiality, and an ourobouric return to a previous cut. This theory of comedy offers a way to understand the operation of a broad array of distinct comic occasions and aspects of performance in multiple contexts.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781501354885
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

You may also be interested in...

Tubes
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Brave New World Revisited
Added to basket
Dataclysm
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Flat Earth News
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Understanding Media
Added to basket
Live From Downing Street
Added to basket
Reading Media Theory
Added to basket
£39.99
Paperback
The Medium is the Massage
Added to basket
Photography: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Added to basket
Confessions Of An Advertising Man
Added to basket
To Save Everything, Click Here
Added to basket
A Dictionary of Film Studies
Added to basket
Manufacturing Consent
Added to basket
How to Read a Film
Added to basket
£28.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.