A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to 'Be There'

May, Shaun (2015) A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to 'Be There'. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, London, 224 pp. ISBN 978-1472580436. E-ISBN 978-1472580467. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

As far as we know, only human beings have a sense of humour – although chimps might laugh when tickled, and dogs respond similarly in play, Seth McFarlane's fan-base is comprised exclusively of humans. Whilst animals and robots might feature as prominent characters in our favourite comic movies, shows and stand-up routines, we have no reason to suspect that their real-life brethren get the joke. Drawing on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Shaun May attempts to address this issue – suggesting that there is something distinctive about human beings which grounds our ability to make and comprehend jokes. Guiding the reader through a range of examples, including the films of Charlie Chaplin, the stand-up of Francesca Martinez, the TV show Family Guy and Samuel Beckett's Endgame, he demonstrates that in order to get the joke you have to 'be there'.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Philosophy, comedy, humour, Heidegger, stage, screen, theatre, film
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies) > PB2985 Radio and Television Studies
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies) > PB2994 Film Studies
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1655 Drama
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1969.C65 Comedy Acts
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Shaun May
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2016 11:25 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2016 15:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53838 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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