Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, And American Television

November 1, 2019|
Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, And American Television by Nick Marx
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In Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, and American Television, Nick Marx examines some of the genre''s most memorable-and controversial-moments from the early days of television to the contemporary line-up. Through explorations of sketches from well-known shows such as Saturday Night Live, The State, Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, and more, Marx argues that the genre has served as a battleground for the struggle between comedians who are pushing the limits of what is possible on television and network executives who are more mindful of the financial bottom line. Whether creating new catchphrases or transgressing cultural taboos, sketch comedies give voice to marginalized performers and audiences, providing comedians and viewers opportunities to test their own ideas about their place in society, while simultaneously echoing mainstream cultural trends. The result, Marx suggests, is a hilarious and flexible form of identity play unlike anything else in American popular culture and media.

Nick Marx is Associate Professor of Media and Visual Culture in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. He is editor (with Matt Sienkiewicz and Ron Becker) of Saturday Night Live and American TV and (with Matt Sienkiewicz) The Comedy Studies Reader.
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Title:Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, And American Television
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:180 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:180 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:November 1, 2019
Publisher:Indiana University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780253044167

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