Comic Visions by David Marc is the most influential critical history of American television comedy. This Second Edition updates the subject matter and takes into account how new technology, especially cable TV, has affected this popular form of home entertainment. Marc examines the roots of television comedy beginning with the influence of Vaudeville, cinema and radio on the variety shows and sitcoms of the 1940's and 1950's. He then moves into television's response to the turbulent 1960's and the great expansion of situational comedy popular in the 1970's. A completely new chapter looks at recent developments such as Comedy Central and the proliferation of stand-up comedy and also includes an engaging analysis of why shows like Seinfeld and The Simpsons are such major hits in the 1990s. Witty, lucid, and engaging, Marc combines historical research with cultural analysis to provide a study of television comedy that is deeply rooted in the diversity in American society.
"A new edition of David Marc's Comic Visions is grounds forrejoicing. His historical survey of TV comedy remains unrivalled, and new material on the cable era will be more than welcome."Francis Couvares, Amherst College.
"David Marc's Comic Visions is the outstanding book ofits type: social and cultural analysis of the most popular andimportant comedic forms of television." Chad Gordon, RiceUniversity.
"Recommended for all academic and large public libraries; alllevels." A. Hirsh, emeritus, Central Conneticut StateUniversity.
Foreword by Ken Tucker.
Preface to the Second Edition.
1. What's So Funny About America?.
2. Waking Up to Television.
3. The Making of a Sitcom, 1961.
4. Planet Earth to Sitcom, Planet Earth to Sitcom.
5. The Sitcom at Literate Peak.
6. Demographic Fantasies of the Reagan Era.
7. Friends of the Family.
Index to Television Comedy Series.
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 22nd October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.58 x 15.11 x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised