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By John Limon

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Stand-Up Comedy in thought, or, Abjection in the USA is the 1st learn of stand-up comedy as a sort of paintings. John Limon appreciates and analyzes the categorical perform of stand-up itself, relocating past theories of the shaggy dog story, of the comedian, and of comedy as a rule to learn stand-up during the lens of literary and cultural concept. Limon argues that stand-up is an artform most sensible outlined by way of its fascination with the abject, Julia Kristeva’s time period for these points of oneself which are obnoxious to one’s feel of id yet which are nevertheless—like blood, feces, or urine—impossible to jettison as soon as and for all. All of a comedian’s existence, Limon asserts, is abject during this sense.Limon starts with stand-up comics within the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s—Lenny Bruce, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Elaine May—when the norm of the occupation was once the Jewish, male, heterosexual comic. He then strikes towards the current with analyses of David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Ellen DeGeneres, and Paula Poundstone. Limon accommodates feminist, race, and queer theories to argue that the “comedification” of America—stand-up comedy’s break out from its slender origins—involves the repossession via black, girl, queer, and Protestant comedians of what used to be black, lady, queer, but suburbanizing in Jewish, male, heterosexual comedy. Limon’s formal definition of stand-up as abject artwork therefore hinges on his declare that the nice American comedians of the Fifties and Sixties situated their comedy on the position (which could were conceived in 1960 as a situation among big apple urban or Chicago and their suburbs) the place physique is thrown off for the brain and materiality is thrown off for abstraction—at where, that's, the place American abjection has regularly stumbled on its home.As the 1st research of its variety, Stand-Up Comedy in idea, or, Abjection in the United States will attract a large viewers together with these attracted to cultural experiences, Jewish stories, gender and queer concept.

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Shakespeare was a ‘‘cute man and a pussycat,’’ Brooks remembers, impugning his canonicity and his heterosexuality at a stroke, but he wrote very poorly. ’ Every letter was cockeyed and crazy. ’’ In the Solomon colloquy, Jim is guilty of misreading, of not, more precisely, registering what he had heard as a text to be read, and Brooks is guilty of not registering what he saw as a text to be read. Still, the twin jokes are not entirely on them, since, for their part, Huck and Reiner are incapable of any defense at all of the virtue of the Bible and Shakespeare, as against what Jim heard and the 2000 Year Old Man saw.

He has a deeper or more even-keeled voice. He is either steadier, as if prime material for bourgeois husbandhood (Dick Smothers, Dan Rowan, Carl Reiner), or he may be flamboyantly a woman’s man (Dean Martin). About the sexuality of the other member of the pair—Tom Smothers or Dick Martin or Mel Brooks or Jerry Lewis—one might believe almost anything except that his sexual life was presented to him as a no-strings inheritance. I might mention along these lines another quasi–comedy team: Tony Randall and Jack Klugman,  embodiment of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, source of Barbara Johnson’s rubric.

We haven’t any history of them being homosexuals. Brooks: Hey, wait a minute. Hold on. Hold on, pal. I didn’t say homosexuals. Reiner: You said fags. You said the generals are fags. Brooks: Yeah, Federal Army Generals. [modest laugh] . . I shortened things, that’s all. Reiner (suddenly doubtful): Do you know any homosexuals? Brooks: Maybe Custer. [laugh] Could have been. He had a lot of hair and he liked nice horses. [big laugh] Who knows? 3 18:27 This is close to a duplication of the Gorton routine, but I am not sure it is precisely the same joke on historical fathers.

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