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Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History)

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A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2012!

Baggy Pants Comedy takes readers inside the burlesque houses of Depression-era America to explore the role of comedy in a show remembered mostly for strip-tease.It examines how burlesque comics, straightmen, and talking women approached the craft of comedy, working in a genre that relied not on scripts but on a remembered tradition of comedy bits that circulated orally.The book opens a long-neglected area of American folklore, presenting dozens of fondly-remembered routines like "Who's On First" and "Niagara Falls (Slowly I Turned)," as well as long-forgotten classics in print for the first time.

Synopsis:

A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2012!

Baggy Pants Comedy takes readers inside the burlesque houses of Depression-era America to explore the role of comedy in a show remembered mostly for strip-tease.It examines how burlesque comics, straightmen, and talking women approached the craft of comedy, working in a genre that relied not on scripts but on a remembered tradition of comedy bits that circulated orally.The book opens a long-neglected area of American folklore, presenting dozens of fondly-remembered routines like "Who's On First" and "Niagara Falls (Slowly I Turned)," as well as long-forgotten classics in print for the first time.

About the Author

Andrew Davis teaches at Otis College of Art and Design and is one of the few people for whom the label "straight man" is a job description. He is the taller, more sophisticated half of the comedy team of Doc and Stumpy, and has performed classic burlesque comedy in Los Angeles and at burlesque and vaudeville festivals around the U.S. He holds a M.A. in Folklore from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU. He is the author of Americas Longest Run: A History of the Walnut Street Theatre (Penn State Press) and he operates the website BaggyPantsComedy.com.

Table of Contents

Whos On First * Oral Tradition on the Popular Stage * Pressures of Stock Burlesque * Cast and Characters * Learning the Business * Running the Bits * Scenarios, Scripts, and Schemas * Double Entendre * Flirtations * Trickery * Brutality * Body Scenes * The Appeal of Burlesque Comedy

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230116795
Author:
Davis, Andrew
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Humor-Comedy Business and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 21 pgs illus
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.687 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Acting
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Performing Arts » Storytelling
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Comedy Business and Criticism
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
Science and Mathematics » Energy » General

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Baggy Pants Comedy takes readers inside the burlesque houses of Depression-era America to explore the role of comedy in a show remembered mostly for strip-tease.It examines how burlesque comics, straightmen, and talking women approached the craft of comedy, working in a genre that relied not on scripts but on a remembered tradition of comedy bits that circulated orally.The book opens a long-neglected area of American folklore, presenting dozens of fondly-remembered routines like "Who's On First" and "Niagara Falls (Slowly I Turned)," as well as long-forgotten classics in print for the first time.

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