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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…

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Between 1881 and 1928, comic vaudevillians used the new humor to push and redefine the boundaries of class, ethnicity, and gender in the defiance of Progressive era efforts at Americanization. Using satire, broad physical behavior, and mocking the propriety of…