Because I Tell a Joke or Two: Comedy, Politics and Social Difference by Stephen WaggBecause I Tell a Joke or Two: Comedy, Politics and Social Difference by Stephen Wagg

Because I Tell a Joke or Two: Comedy, Politics and Social Difference

EditorStephen Wagg

Paperback | February 12, 1998

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Because I Tell a Joke or Twoexplores the complex relationship between comedy and the social differences of class, region, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationhood. It shows how comedy has been used to sustain, challenge and to change power relationships in society. The contributors, who include Stephen Wagg, Mark Simpson, Stephen Small, Paul Wells and Frances Williams, offer readings of comedy genres, texts and performers in Britain, the United States and Australia. The collection also includes an interview with the comedian Jo Brand.
Topics addressed include:
* women in British comedies such asButterfliesandFawlty Towers
* the life and times ofViz, fromBilly the Fishto theFat Slags
* queer readings ofMorecambe and Wise, the male double act
* the Marx brothers and Jewish comedy in the United States
* black radical comedy in Britain
*The Golden Girls,Cheers,Friendsand American society.
Title:Because I Tell a Joke or Two: Comedy, Politics and Social DifferenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:February 12, 1998Publisher:Taylor and Francis

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415129214

ISBN - 13:9780415129213

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