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The origin of the term stand-up comedy update

Double, Oliver (2018) The origin of the term stand-up comedy update. Comedy Studies, 9 (2). pp. 235-237. ISSN 2040-610X. (doi:10.1080/2040610X.2018.1428427) (KAR id:66675)


This article discusses a possible first usage of the term ‘stand-up comedian’, used in a column in the Yorkshire Evening Post from November 1917 to describe a performer called Finlay Dunn. This is significantly earlier than the previously identified first usage in a Variety review from 1948. This article discusses Dunn’s career in order to conjecture that that the term may have been in use significantly earlier even than 1917.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/2040610X.2018.1428427
Uncontrolled keywords: Stand-up comedian; stand-up comic; stand-up comedy; word origins; Finlay Dunn
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1969.C65 Comedy acts. Stand-up comedy
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Oliver Double
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 09:05 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:52 UTC
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