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The Resource The dance of the comedians : the people, the president, and the performance of political standup comedy in America, Peter M. Robinson

The dance of the comedians : the people, the president, and the performance of political standup comedy in America, Peter M. Robinson

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The dance of the comedians : the people, the president, and the performance of political standup comedy in America
Title
The dance of the comedians
Title remainder
the people, the president, and the performance of political standup comedy in America
Statement of responsibility
Peter M. Robinson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Why did Barack Obama court Jon Stewart and trade jokes with Stephen Colbert during the campaign of 2008? Why did Sarah Palin forgo the opportunity to earn votes on the Sunday morning political talk shows but embrace the chance to get laughs on Saturday Night Live? The Dance of the Comedians examines the history behind these questions - the merry, mocking, and highly contested anarchies of standup political comedy that have locked humorists, presidents, and their fellow Americans in an improvisational three-way "dance" since the early years of the American republic." "Peter M. Robinson shows how the performance of political humor developed as a celebration of democracy and an expression of political power, protest, and commercial profit. He places special significance on the middle half of the twentieth century, when presidents and comedians alike - from Calvin Coolidge to Ronald Reagan, from Will Rogers to Saturday Night Live's "Not Ready for Prime Time Players"--Developed modern understandings of the power of laughter to affect popular opinion and political agendas, only to find the American audience increasingly willing and able to get in on the act. These years put the longstanding traditions of presidential deference profoundly in play as all three parties to American political humor - the people, the presidents, and the comedy professionals - negotiated their way between reverence for the office of the presidency and ridicule of its occupants." "Although the focus is on humor, The Dance of the Comedians illuminates the process by which Americans have come to recognize that the performance of political comedy has serious and profound consequences for those on all sides of the punch line." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
MdBmJHUP
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1958-
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Robinson, Peter M.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Public opinion
  • Presidents
  • American wit and humor
  • Stand-up comedy
  • Political satire, American
  • Presidents
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • American wit and humor
  • Political satire, American
  • Presidents
  • Public opinion
  • Stand-up comedy
  • United States
Label
The dance of the comedians : the people, the president, and the performance of political standup comedy in America, Peter M. Robinson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : "I'm not kidding" -- An American company of comedians -- Dance partners -- A presidential crinoline -- New frontiers -- All lies and jest -- Rebellion by the pound -- Epilogue : Back to the future
Control code
ocn793341705
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 257 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613760376
Lccn
2009048474
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt5n1jr2
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)793341705
Label
The dance of the comedians : the people, the president, and the performance of political standup comedy in America, Peter M. Robinson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : "I'm not kidding" -- An American company of comedians -- Dance partners -- A presidential crinoline -- New frontiers -- All lies and jest -- Rebellion by the pound -- Epilogue : Back to the future
Control code
ocn793341705
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 257 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613760376
Lccn
2009048474
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt5n1jr2
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)793341705

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