Standing Up, Speaking Out: Stand-Up Comedy and the Rhetoric of Social Change

1st Edition

Matthew R. Meier, Casey R. Schmitt

Routledge
Published October 27, 2016
Reference - 252 Pages
ISBN 9781138100299 - CAT# Y211240

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Summary

In recent decades, some of the most celebrated and culturally influential American oratorical performances have come not from political leaders or religious visionaries, but from stand-up comics. Even though comedy and satire have been addressed by rhetorical scholarship in recent decades, little attention has been paid to stand-up. This collection is an attempt to further cultivate the growing conversation about stand-up comedy from the perspective of the rhetorical tradition. It brings together literatures from rhetorical, cultural, and humor studies to provide a unique exploration of stand-up comedy that both argues on behalf of the form’s capacity for social change and attempts to draw attention to a series of otherwise unrecognized rhetors who have made significant contributions to public culture through comedy.

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