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Alternative Comedy Now and Then: An Introduction

Double, Oliver and Lockyer, Sharon (2022) Alternative Comedy Now and Then: An Introduction. In: Double, Oliver and Lockyer, Sharon, eds. Alternative Comedy Now and Then: Critical Perspectives. Palgrave Studies in Comedy . Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 1-22. ISBN 978-3-030-97350-6. E-ISBN 978-3-030-97351-3. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-97351-3_1) (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) (KAR id:97382)

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Abstract

This chapter challenges narratives that have grown up around alternative comedy in the 40+ years of its existence, by showing that 1980s alternative comedy—or ‘alternative cabaret’, as it was often known—was more diverse than is often remembered. Flyers from CAST New Variety are analysed to show how diverse the acts could be, in terms of both performers’ identities and performance genre. It goes on to explore manifestations of alternative comedy from the 1990s to the present on both sides of the Atlantic, arguing that—as with the 1980s scene—they are often characterised by rejecting the dominance of conventional stand-up. It finishes with an outline of the book, explaining the focus of each section and how each chapter contributes to our understanding of alternative comedy.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-030-97351-3_1
Uncontrolled keywords: comedy, stand-up, stand-up comedy, alternative comedy, alternative cabaret
Subjects: 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: 11 Oct 2022 16:24 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2022 09:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/97382 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Double, Oliver: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2398-6661
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