The Legacy of the Wisecrack: Stand-Up Comedy as the Great American Literary Form PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Eddie Tafoya

The Legacy of the Wisecrack: Stand-Up Comedy as the Great American Literary Form

Brown Walker Press
Publication date: June 2009
ISBN: 9781599424965
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The Legacy of the Wisecrack: Stand-up Comedy as the Great American Literary Form looks at the theory of stand-up comedy, its literary dimensions, and its distinctly American qualities as it provides a detailed history of the forces that shaped it. The study concludes with a look at the works of specific comedians such as Steven Wright, whose three decades of performances comprise a single picaresque tale, and Richard Pryor, whose 1982 masterpiece Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip serves as modern America's answer to Dante Aligheri's epic poem, Inferno. The result is one of the first serious treatments of stand-up comedy as a literary form.
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