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‘What do you do?’: Stand-up comedy versus the proper job

Double, Oliver (2015) ‘What do you do?’: Stand-up comedy versus the proper job. Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization, 15 (3). pp. 651-669. ISSN 2052-1499. E-ISSN 1473-2866.


Stand-up comedy is often seen as such an unusual choice of profession that it barely even qualifies as being a ‘proper job’. Because comedians are seen as existing outside the world of conventional employment, they have a unique position from which to view the everyday reality of work as most people experience it. This paper looks at a range of gags and routines from the early 1970s onwards that either reflect on the unusual nature of the job of being a comedian or cast an amused light on more conventional forms of employment. Theories about stand-up comedy and humour in the workplace will be used to explore the relationship between comedy as work and comedy about work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Stand-up comedy, job, employment
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1655 Drama
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1969.C65 Comedy Acts
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Oliver Double
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 10:07 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:20 UTC
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