Vaudeville Humor

Author: Paul M Levitt
Editor: SIU Press
ISBN: 9780809388219
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Vaudeville Humor: The Collected Jokes, Routines, and Skits of Ed Lowry contains vaudeville jokes, skits, and routines from the first three decades of the twentieth century originally compiled by comedian Ed Lowry (1896– 1983). Although occasionally found in bits and pieces in anthologies and in some period dramatic comedies, vaudeville humor has never before been available in one collection— performers rarely if ever kept a record of their jokes and routines. Fortunately, Ed Lowry was an inveterate collector. He kept copious notebooks of jokes and routines that he not only commissioned but also stole from other comics, clipped from newspapers, and copied from now defunct popular magazines of the day. Editor Paul M. Levitt has reorganized the material into categories that preserve some of the flavor of Lowry’ s scrapbooks yet provide for finer distinctions. Part one, “ Jokes,” is organized by subject matter and cataloged by genre, dialects, and wordplay. From “ Accidents” to “ Work,” this exhaustive catalog of humor features over one thousand jokes with topics that range from city slickers and country hicks through midgets and old maids to Swedes and tattoos. Part two, “ MC Material: Biz, Jokes, Routines, and Skits” is germane to the job of master of ceremonies, routines, and skits. It features topics from fractured fairy tales to stuttering. Part three, an appendix, “ Ed Lowry Laffter,” reproduces a privately published collection that is now a rare collector’ s item. “ Although some of the jokes can undoubtedly be found in other places,” explains Levitt in his introduction, “ I know of no source as rich as this one for the twenties and thirties, a period so abundant in humor that for years afterward it fueled radio, cinema, and television.”

Continuous Vaudeville

Author: Will M. Cressy
Editor: Good Press
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"Continuous Vaudeville" by Will M. Cressy. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Bad Dad Jokes

Author: Jack Norton
Editor: Norton Family Publishing
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Warning: reading this book has been known to cause eye rolls, sighs of disgust and severe allergic reactions to those with a distaste for corn. Sit back, relax and get ready to laugh your butt off at this horribly bad collection of dad jokes, redneck puns and classic one liners. You’ll be the coolest dad at the barbeque, the silliest guy in the office or the most loved (hated?) neighbor on the block if you use these jokes in your everyday life. By the way, what do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?

The New Humor In The Progressive Era

Author: R. DesRochers
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137357185
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By tracing the effects of unprecedented immigration, the advent of the new woman, and the little-known vaudeville careers of performers like the Elinore Sisters, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers, DesRochers examines the relation between comedic vaudeville acts and progressive reformers as they fought over the new definition of "Americanness."

Radio Comedy

Author: Arthur Frank Wertheim
Editor: New York : Oxford University Press
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Discusses American radio comedy shows and performers of the 1930's and 40's and examines their place in American life and their relationship to the social history of the time.

The Comic Offense From Vaudeville To Contemporary Comedy

Author: Rick DesRochers
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441167188
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The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy examines how contemporary writer/performers are influenced by the comedic vaudevillians of the early 20th century. By tracing the history and legacy of the vaudeville era and performance acts, like the Marx Brothers and The Three Keatons, and moving through the silent and early sound films of the early 1930s, the author looks at how comic writer/performers continue to sell a brand of themselves as a form of social commentary in order to confront and dispel stereotypes of race, class, and gender. The first study to explore contemporary popular comic culture and its influence on American society from this unique perspective, Rick DesRochers analyzes stand-up and improvisational comedy writing/performing in the work of Larry David, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Dave Chappelle. He grounds these choices by examining their evolution as they developed signature characters and sketches for their respective shows Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and Chappelle's Show.

Vaudeville And Bellow

Author: Mary Patricia Muller
Editor: ProQuest
ISBN: 9780549183693
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Vaudeville is usually not the first association one makes when examining the works of Saul Bellow. While Bellow's comedic work is clearly funny, the comedy appears to emanate from the situations in which his characters find themselves. They frequently deal with the "crises of life" as in The Adventures of Augie March or the indignities of age suffered by a Holocaust survivor as in Mr. Sammler's Planet or the suffered indignities of the frailty of the human body that we see in Ravelstein. His treatment of uncomfortable situations frequently invokes a chuckle and an "aha" moment when the reader identifies with the plight of the character simply because the humor of the telling pulls us in to the character's inner circle, a place both familiar but yet far removed from our own personal experiences. Vaudeville is usually not the first association one makes when examining the works of Saul Bellow. While Bellow's comedic work is clearly funny, the comedy appears to emanate from the situations in which his characters find themselves. They frequently deal with the "crises of life" as in The Adventures of Augie March or the indignities of age suffered by a Holocaust survivor as in Mr. Sammler's Planet or the suffered indignities of the frailty of the human body that we see in Ravelstein. His treatment of uncomfortable situations frequently invokes a chuckle and an "aha" moment when the reader identifies with the plight of the character simply because the humor of the telling pulls us in to the character's inner circle, a place both familiar but yet far removed from our own personal experiences. It is that very treatment of everyday situations and the "crisis of life" that was both the hallmark of vaudeville and Saul Bellow's comedy. Vaudeville took the everyday situations and drama of life in America at the turn of the 20 th century and exposed it to examination, jokes and ridicule. It allowed newly arrived immigrants and middle class Americans to find inexpensive family fun and to find their commonality in the midst of diversity. Saul Bellow exploited those same themes in his comedic writing. In The Adventures of Augie March, Bellow uses the vaudevillian devises of ethnic humor, comic sketches and monologues to create a story rich in the nuance of life in the America of the 1920s and 1930s. He used broad ethnic stereotypes juxtaposing of rich versus poor, stupid versus canny, smart versus dumb to illustrate the thinking of the day. As the years advanced Bellow maintained much of his basic style of utilizing vaudeville devices in his comedy. His works continued to be infused with ethnic humor and the oppositional pairings so prevalently used in his earlier writings and in vaudeville comedy. However, the world had changed. The problems of assimilation experienced by the European American at the turn of the century gave way to the social upheavals of the 1960s and the problems of AIDS and the distribution of wealth and education in the 1990s and into the 21 st century. Bellow continued to employ his hallmark style of simultaneously exposing differences and similarities through humor and biting wit. His methods of exposing truth through the jokes and "turns" of the vaudeville stage remained unchanged. Bellow's humor is more than just ethnic "schtick." His scenes utilizing monologues, comic images, slap stick humor and irony allowed Bellow to explore types and personalities in much the same way vaudeville did over one hundred years ago. Bellow used the "joyful noise" he had seen in vaudeville to teach and inform. Through his unique sense of comedy combined with enlightenment, Bellow, like vaudeville, taught us the lessons of life and we didn't even know it was happening.

Variety Entertainment And Outdoor Amusements

Author: Don B. Wilmeth
Editor: Greenwood
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"This is a useful reference work for popular culture and performing arts collections." Choice

American Vaudeville As Ritual

Author: Albert F. McLean Jr.
Editor: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813184797
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This study affords an entirely new view of the nature of modern popular entertainment. American vaudeville is here regarded as the carefully elaborated ritual serving the different and paradoxical myth of the new urban folk. It demonstrates that the compulsive myth-making faculty in man is not limited to primitive ethnic groups or to serious art, that vaudeville cannot be dismissed as meaningless and irrelevant simply because it fits neither the criteria of formal criticsm or the familiar patterns of anthropological study. Using the methods for criticism developed by Susanne K. Langer and others, the author evaluates American vaudeville as a symbolic manifestation of basic values shared by the American people during the period 1885-1930. By examining vaudeville as folk ritual, the book reveals the unconscious symbolism basic to vaudeville-in its humor, magic, animal acts, music, and playlets, and also in the performers and the managers -- which gave form to the dominant American myth of success. This striking view of the new mass man as a folk and of his mythology rooted in the very empirical science devoted to dispelling myth has implications for the serious study of all forms of mass entertainment in America. The book is illustrated with a number of striking photographs.

Studies In American Humor

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Bad Dad Jokes

Author: Dick Wadsworth
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ISBN: 9781072214564
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Warning: reading this book has been known to cause eye rolls, sighs of disgust and severe allergic reactions to those with a distaste for corn. So sit back, relax and get ready to laugh your a** off at this horribly bad collection of dad jokes, redneck puns and classic one liners from the days of vaudeville. You'll be the coolest person at the barbeque, the silliest one in the office or the most loved (hated?) neighbor on the block if you use these jokes in your everyday life. By the way, what do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?

Jews And American Popular Culture Music Theater Popular Art And Literature

Author: Paul Buhle
Editor: Greenwood
ISBN: 9780275987954
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This three-volume work tells the story of how Jewish Americans overcame anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant biases, and poverty to shape American film, television, music, sports, literature, food, and humor.

The New Humor In The Progressive Era

Author: R. DesRochers
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137357185
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By tracing the effects of unprecedented immigration, the advent of the new woman, and the little-known vaudeville careers of performers like the Elinore Sisters, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers, DesRochers examines the relation between comedic vaudeville acts and progressive reformers as they fought over the new definition of "Americanness."

The Comic Offense From Vaudeville To Contemporary Comedy

Author: Rick DesRochers
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441161937
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The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy examines how contemporary writer/performers are influenced by the comedic vaudevillians of the early 20th century. By tracing the history and legacy of the vaudeville era and performance acts, like the Marx Brothers and The Three Keatons, and moving through the silent and early sound films of the early 1930s, the author looks at how comic writer/performers continue to sell a brand of themselves as a form of social commentary in order to confront and dispel stereotypes of race, class, and gender. The first study to explore contemporary popular comic culture and its influence on American society from this unique perspective, Rick DesRochers analyzes stand-up and improvisational comedy writing/performing in the work of Larry David, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Dave Chappelle. He grounds these choices by examining their evolution as they developed signature characters and sketches for their respective shows Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and Chappelle's Show.

From Traveling Show To Vaudeville

Author: Robert M. Lewis
Editor: JHU Press
ISBN: 080189994X
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Many of the pieces collected here have not been published since their first appearance, making From Traveling Show to Vaudeville an indispensable resource for historians of popular culture, theater, and nineteenth-century American society.

What Made Pistachio Nuts

Author: Henry Jenkins (III.)
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Chicago Style Improv Comedy

Author: Amy E. Seham
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Cheerful Nihilism

Author: Ethan de Seife
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New York City Vaudeville

Author: Anthony Slide
Editor: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439633916
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New York City Vaudeville provides a unique pictorial record of America’s preeminent entertainment medium in the late 1800s through the early 1930s. New York’s Palace Theatre served as the flagship for vaudeville, on which stage every vaudevillian aspired to perform. New York City Vaudeville features photographs of some of the greatest names from the Palace Theatre, including Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Anna Held, the Marx Brothers, and Eva Tanguay, as well as legendary African American performers such as Bill Robinson, Ethel Waters, and Bert Williams. Through the photographs and the capsule biographies, the reader is transported back to a time when vaudeville was the people’s entertainment, with a new bill of fare each week and an ever-changing number of performers with ever-changing styles of presentation.