The origin of the term ‘stand-up comedy’

Double, Oliver (2017) The origin of the term ‘stand-up comedy’. Comedy Studies, 8 (1). 1 -4. ISSN 2040-610X. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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
Uncontrolled keywords: Stand-up comedy; stand-up comic; stand-up comedian; word origins
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1655 Drama
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Oliver Double
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 15:29 UTC
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