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By Rebecca Krefting

In this exam of stand-up comedy, Rebecca Krefting establishes a brand new style of comedic creation, "charged humor," and charts its pathways from construction to intake. a few jokes are tears within the textile of our beliefs—they problem myths approximately how reasonable and democratic our society is and the behaviors and practices we enact to keep up these fictions. Jokes loaded with vitriol and introduced with verve, charged humor compels audiences to motion, artfully summoning political critique.

Since the institutionalization of stand-up comedy as a special cultural shape, stand-up comics have leveraged charged humor to bare social, political, and financial stratifications. All Joking Aside bargains a heritage of charged comedy from the mid-twentieth century to the early aughts, highlighting dozens of gifted comics from Dick Gregory and Robin Tyler to Micia Mosely and Hari Kondabolu.

The approval for charged humor has waxed and waned during the last sixty years. certainly, the historical past of charged humor is a story of intrigue and subversion that includes dive bars, public remonstrations, fickle audiences, motion picture stars became politicians, schedule carriers, emergent applied sciences, neoliberal mind-sets, and a cavalcade of comedian misfits with an ax to grind. alongside the best way, Krefting explores the fault strains within the smooth financial system of humor, why males are seemed to be funnier than ladies, the difficult acclaim for modern day minstrelsy, and how identities are packaged and offered within the marketplace.

Appealing to somebody drawn to the politics of humor and producing implications for the examine of any kind of well known leisure, this background displays on why we make the alternatives we do and the collective strength of our consumptive practices. Readers should be extremely joyful by way of the wide array of comedian expertise spotlighted during this booklet, and for these drawn to comedy with substance, it is going to supply an alternate punchline.

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