James M. Thomas's Working to Laugh: Assembling Difference in American Stand-Up PDF

By James M. Thomas

ISBN-10: 0739189557

ISBN-13: 9780739189559

For many years, stand-up comedy has been primary to the imbrication of pop culture and political discourse, reshaping the margins of political critique, and infrequently in the contexts of city nightlife leisure. In Working to chuckle: Assembling distinction in American Stand-Up Comedy Venues, James M. Thomas (JT) presents an ethnographic research of city nightlife websites the place this well known kind of leisure happens. analyzing the connection among the functionality, the venue, and the social actors who perform those scenes, JT demonstrates how stand-up venues functionality as either enablers and constrainers of social distinction, together with race, classification, gender, and heteronormativity, in the greater city nightlife surroundings. JT’s research of a pro comedy membership and a sub-cultural bar that hosts a weekly comedy exhibit illuminates the whole diversity of stand-up comedy within the American cultural milieu, from the hugely geared up, routinized, and predictable layout of the pro venue, to the extra unpredictable, and at times, innovative layout of the novice convey.

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