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Author Jeffries, Michael P., author.

Title Behind the laughs : community and inequality in comedy / Michael P. Jeffries.

Publication Info. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2017]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  792.76 J385b 2017    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description ix, 223 pages ; 22 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Culture and economic life
Culture and economic life.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-207) and index.
Contents Lights -- Chemistry of a comedian -- From funny to family -- Succeeding at not failing -- Celebrity in the making -- Privilege, patriarchy, and performance -- Curtains.
Summary "Comedy is a brutal business. When comedians define success, they don't talk about money--they talk about not quitting. They work in a business where even big names work for free, and the inequalities of race, class, and gender create real barriers. But they also work in a business where people still believe that hard work and talent lead to the big time. How do people working in comedy sustain these contradictions and keep laughing? In Behind the Laughs, Michael P. Jeffries brings readers into the world of comedy to reveal its dark corners and share its buoyant lifeblood. He draws on conversations with comedians, as well as club owners, bookers, and managers, to show the extraordinary social connections professional humor demands. Not only do comedians have to read their audience night after night, but they must also create lasting bonds across the profession to get gigs in the first place. Comedy is not a meritocracy, and its rewards are not often fame and fortune. Only performers who know the rules of their community are able to make it a career" -- From the publisher.
Subject Comedians -- United States -- Social conditions.
Comedy -- Social aspects -- United States.
Group identity -- United States.
Racism -- United States.
Sexism -- United States.
Comedy -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00869091
Group identity. (OCoLC)fst00948442
Racism. (OCoLC)fst01086616
Sexism. (OCoLC)fst01114686
United States. (OCoLC)fsJ385t01204155
ISBN 9780804798082 hardcover ; alkaline paper
0804798087 hardcover ; alkaline paper
9781503602908 paperback ; alkaline paper
1503602907 paperback ; alkaline paper
9781503602977 electronic book
Standard No. 40027365962

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