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The origin of the term ‘stand-up comedy’

Double, Oliver (2017) The origin of the term ‘stand-up comedy’. Comedy Studies, 8 (1). pp. 106-109. ISSN 2040-610X. (doi:10.1080/2040610X.2017.1279912) (KAR id:60313)

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The Oxford English Dictionary gives the earliest usage of the term

‘stand-up comic’ as 1966, but in fact it has been in use for much

longer. This short article searches newspapers and trade

publications like Variety and The Stage to try and find the earliest

uses of the related terms ‘stand-up comedy’, ‘stand-up comedian’

and ‘stand-up comic’ in a search for their origin.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/2040610X.2017.1279912
Uncontrolled keywords: Stand-up comedy; stand-up comic; stand-up comedian; word origins
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Oliver Double
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:05 UTC
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