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Because I Tell a Joke or Two : Comedy, Politics and Social Difference - Stephen Wagg

Because I Tell a Joke or Two

Comedy, Politics and Social Difference

By: Stephen Wagg (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th February 1998
ISBN: 9780415129213
Number Of Pages: 336

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Because I Tell a Joke or Two explores the complex relationship between comedy and the social differences of class, region, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationhood. It shows how comedy has been used to sustain, challenge and to change power relationships in society. The contributors, who include Stephen Wagg, Mark Simpson, Stephen Small, Paul Wells and Frances Williams, offer readings of comedy genres, texts and performers in Britain, the United States and Australia. The collection also includes an interview with the comedian Jo Brand.
Topics addressed include:
* women in British comedies such as Butterflies and Fawlty Towers
* the life and times of Viz, from Billy the Fish to the Fat Slags
* queer readings of Morecambe and Wise, the male double act
* the Marx brothers and Jewish comedy in the United States
* black radical comedy in Britain
* The Golden Girls, Cheers, Friends and American society.

List of Contributors
Introduction
'At Ease, Corporal': Social class and the situation comedy in British television, from the 1950s to the 1990sp. 1
The Lancashire Shaman: Frank Randle and Mancunian Filmsp. 32
Butterflies and Caustic Asides: Housewives, comedy and the feminist movementp. 50
Tarts, Tampons and Tyrants: Women and representation in British comedyp. 65
Certain Liberties Have Been Taken with Cleopatra: Female performance in the Carry On filmsp. 94
Punching Your Weight: Conversations with Jo Brandp. 111
The Straight Men of Comedyp. 137
Suits and Sequins: Lesbian comedians in Britain and the US in the 1990sp. 146
'Yeah, and I Used to be a Hunchback': Immigrants, humour and the Marx Brothersp. 165
'Where Everybody Knows Your Name': Open convictions and closed contexts in the American situation comedyp. 180
Cringe and Strut: Comedy and national identity in post-war Australiap. 202
'Serious T'ing': The black comedy circuit in Englandp. 221
'They Already Got a Comedian for Governor': Comedians and politics in the United States and Great Britainp. 244
VIZ: Gender, class and taboop. 273
Heard the One About the White Middle-Class Heterosexual Father-in-Law?: Gender, ethnicity and political correctness in comedyp. 291
Indexp. 313
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415129213
ISBN-10: 0415129214
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 12th February 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1