By David Misch
(Applause Books). humorous: The publication is an enjoyable examine the artwork of comedy, from its ancient roots to the newest clinical findings, with diversions into the worlds of films (Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers), tv ( The place of work ), prose (Woody Allen, Robert Benchley), theater ( front web page ), jokes and stand-up comedy (Richard Pryor, Steve Martin), in addition to own recollections from the author's stories on such television courses as Mork and Mindy . With allusions to the not-always-funny Carl Jung, George Orwell, and Arthur Koestler, humorous: The publication explores the evolution, theories, rules, and perform of comedy, in addition to the mental, philosophical, or even theological underpinnings of humor, coming to the realization that (Spoiler Alert!) Comedy is God.
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2 Not In 3-D Movies Although mooning is timelessly funny (at least if it’s Saturday night and you’re drunk and in relative proximity to a car window), comedy doesn’t always age well. Virgin vampires were no doubt scary to Pliny the Elder (though it was probably Pliny the Younger who bought the books), but humor usually reflects contemporary attitudes and values. In Bringing Up Baby (1938), Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are in an expensive restaurant when he accidentally rips her dress; the uproar that ensues comes from the fact that a section of the back of a woman’s legs is partly visible.
Com For Amy and Emily, whose laughter makes me happy Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1. : Trickster 2. Not in 3-D: Movies 3. Leonard, Adolph, Herbert, and Julius: The Marx Brothers 4. : The Ancient World 5. Live from Giggles: Standup 6. ”: Richard Pryor 7. : Aristotle to Restoration 8. Theatuh: The Front Page 9. Nights of the Round Table: Prose 10. Invisible Rabbits and Fresh Fruit: Harvey/A Thousand Clowns 11. : Music Halls to Vaudeville 12. The Jewish Question 13. The Immortal Allan Stewart Konigsberg: Woody Allen 14.
So what’s the connection between Greek-statue penis-breaking and Zach Galifianakas? It’s the comedian as boundary marker. While herms monitored society’s physical borders, Tricksters and comics play a metaphorical role, policing moral boundaries. They represent aspects of the anarchy we all fear but secretly crave—unrestrained sexuality, turning society upside down, and unrestrained sexuality. And speaking of comedians… 1. ” 5 Live from Giggles Standup Hey, it’s great to be in [YOUR TOWN]. Anyone here from [YOUR STATE] tonight?
Funny: The Book: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy by David Misch