To reexamine humor, this project begins with the most marginalized of humorous forms, stand-up comedy. Beginning from a standpoint of critical rhetoric, routines by comics such as Lewis Black, Lenny Bruce, Dave Chappelle, Margaret Cho, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Michael Richards and Sarah Silverman are used to display the limitations of contemporary theories, as well as to point out the possibility for stand-up comedy to enact critique. The primary finding is that humorous techniques create a separation between the stated and the inferred, which provides possibilities for audience judgment that is prudential in the sense of operating without pre-set models. The possibility of prudential judgment enables humor to enact detournement, the detour, diversion, hijacking, corruption or misappropriation of the spectacle.Hate speech/fighting words are words that are taken to be more than merely offensive; they enact or provoke fear, ... However, the court also notes: It has been well observed that such utterances are no essential part of any exposition of ideas, anbsp;...
|Title||:||Was that Supposed to be Funny? A Rhetorical Analysis of Politics, Problems and Contradictions in Contemporary Stand-up Comedy|
|Author||:||Nathan Andrew Wilson|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|