Baggy Pants Comedy

The first full-length study of comedy on the burlesque stage, this book takes the reader inside the burlesque houses of the 1930s, looks at the role comedy played in an entertainment form known mostly for striptease, and explores how these ...

Author: Andrew Davis

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230116795

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2012! Baggy Pants Comedy takes readers inside the burlesque houses of Depression-era America to explore the role of comedy in a show remembered mostly for strip-tease.It examines how burlesque comics, straightmen, and talking women approached the craft of comedy, working in a genre that relied not on scripts but on a remembered tradition of comedy bits that circulated orally.The book opens a long-neglected area of American folklore, presenting dozens of fondly-remembered routines like "Who's On First" and "Niagara Falls (Slowly I Turned)," as well as long-forgotten classics in print for the first time.

Sing a Sad Song

... stage and don baggy pants , loud shirt , and the rest of his comic uniform . ... music bass player in those days had to be a slapstick comedian too .

Author: Roger M. Williams

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252008618

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 318

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Few American entertainers have had the explosive impact, wide-ranging appeal, and continuing popularity of country music star Hank Williams. Such Williams standards as "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Jambalaya," and "I Saw the Light" have all entered the pantheon of great American song. Roger Williams recounts the story of Hank's rise from impoverished Southern roots, his coming of age during and after World War II, his meteoric climb to national acclaim and star status on the Grand Ole Opry, his chronic bouts with alcoholism and the alienation it created in those he loved and sang for, and finally his tragic death at twenty-nine and subsequent emergence as a folk hero. The book also features a thorough discography compiled by Bob Pinson of the Country Music Foundation.

Radio Comedy Diary

A Researcher's Guide to the Actual Jokes and Quotes of the Top Comedy Programs ... The coat makes me look too thin, but the baggy pants make me look fatter.

Author: Gary Poole

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786450649

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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This book is a real find—for those who enjoy radio nostalgia but more importantly for scholars of broadcasting. From 1947 to 1950 while listening to such voices as Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and Jimmy Durante, and shows like Fibber McGee & Molly, Amos ’n’ Andy, Blondie, and You Bet Your Life, the author was writing down jokes, gags, one-liners and quotations. In that short time he had filled 11 spiral notebooks. Fifty years later in a labor of love, the author painstakingly transferred those childhood notes into this invaluable—in fact, undoubtably unique—record of a boom time in American radio. This is an unexpected treasure for radio scholars, who have long lamented the lack of recordings for the majority of radio programming. Television researchers as well will benefit—here are root sources of television comedy. It is a revelation to find that what we are laughing at today often was first done on radio over 50 years ago. The author has also included a notes and comments section which includes background material on all the radio programs in this book.

The Comedy Improv Handbook

A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance Matt Fotis, ... Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition.

Author: Matt Fotis

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317390183

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

View: 507


The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and structures. You will learn the necessary skills and techniques needed to become a successful improviser, developing a basic understanding of the history of improvisation and its major influences, structures, and theories. This book also addresses issues associated with being a college improviser – like auditions, rehearsals, performances, and the dynamics of improv groups.

Shakespeare and Sexuality in the Comedy of Morecambe Wise

During their opening cross-talk sketch, the Boys parody the cod-Variety 'baggy-pants' comic who wears said pants, a tiny hat, and a red nose; the November ...

Author: Stephen Hamrick

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030339586

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 346

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Contextualizing the duo’s work within British comedy, Shakespeare criticism, the history of sexuality, and their own historical moment, this book offers the first sustained analysis of the 20th Century’s most successful double-act. Over the course of a forty-four-year career (1940-1984), Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise appropriated snippets of verse, scenes, and other elements from seventeen of Shakespeare’s plays more than one-hundred-and-fifty times. Fashioning a kinder, more inclusive world, they deployed a vast array of elements connected to Shakespeare, his life, and institutions. Rejecting claims that they offer only nostalgic escapism, Hamrick analyses their work within contemporary contexts, including their engagement with many forms and genres, including Variety, the heritage industry, journalism, and more. ‘The Boys’ deploy Shakespeare to work through issues of class, sexuality, and violence. Lesbianism, drag, gay marriage, and a queer aesthetics emerge, helping to normalize homosexuality and complicate masculinity in the ‘permissive’ 1960s.

Burlesque and the New Bump n grind

“ Men aren't exactly the best at being loose about their roles , while women ... Tease - O - Rama has included the Baggy Pants Comedy , a revue that takes ...

Author: Michelle Baldwin

Publisher: Speck Press

ISBN: 0972577629

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

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Though burlesque has survived in the back of our cultural consciousness after being pushed aside by modern stripping in the '50s, the revival that began in the early '90s has finally brought burlesque back to the forefront of popular culture. Evolving from an underground movement to a nearly mainstream fetish, neo-burlesque embraces a wide variety of modern interpretations all based on the classic bump and grind and “taking it off” with a wink and a smile. From classic tributes to punk rock revisionists, women of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds are rediscovering burlesque and reinventing it. A sense of heightened imagination, empowerment and energy are being delivered to the stage, perhaps even more so than during the historic heyday, the Golden Age of Burlesque. Slipping behind the scene, Burlesque and the New Bump-n-Grind undresses the issues of feminism, modern popularity, and what exactly draws the unique and varied audience members to the shows. The women—and men!—of burlesque also receive their fleshed-out dues by a categorized peek into the various troupe styles including classical, re-creationists, revivalists, modern, circus, performance art, political, queer, bawdy singers and comics. Peppered throughout the book are full-color and black-and-white photographs that fully instill the picturesque dance into the reader's mind. Founder of one of the first neo-burlesque troupes, author Michelle Baldwin (a.k.a, Vivienne Va-Voom) has helped to bring the lost art of burlesque back to the forefront of pop culture. Baldwin has served as the creative director, choreographer, music director, costumer, financial head, and performer for her troupe, “Burlesque As It Was.” Her deep immersion into this art form has provided her with a rare view into the growth and evolution of the revival.

This Was Burlesque

Steve was another versatile comic. In our show, for example, he played a baggy-pants comic in the opening scene: later on he did a comedy strip which was ...

Author: Ann Corio

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497659070

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 158

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A rollicking, colorfully illustrated history of burlesque as seen through the eyes of its first lady, Ann Corio.

A Companion to Film Comedy

In the meantime some of the most effective motion picture comedies were ... of a “grotesque,” “eccentric,” “red-nosed,” or “baggy-pantscomedian similar to ...

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119169550

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 584

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A wide-ranging survey of the subject that celebrates the variety and complexity of film comedy from the ‘silent’ days to the present, this authoritative guide offers an international perspective on the popular genre that explores all facets of its formative social, cultural and political context A wide-ranging collection of 24 essays exploring film comedy from the silent era to the present International in scope, the collection embraces not just American cinema, including Native American and African American, but also comic films from Europe, the Middle East, and Korea Essays explore sub-genres, performers, and cultural perspectives such as gender, politics, and history in addition to individual works Engages with different strands of comedy including slapstick, romantic, satirical and ironic Features original entries from a diverse group of multidisciplinary international contributors

Comedy Writing Secrets

Even today, baggy pants signal a comic character. Only a fool dresses like one. A scout is a boy who dresses like a schmuck. A scoutmaster is a schmuck who ...

Author: Mel Helitzer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976853

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

View: 506


The Only Handbook for Humor Writers! "What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."Steve Martin Become the funniest person in the room! With Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, you can master the fundamentals of humor writing and turn your comedic talent into a well-paying pursuit. For more than a decade, Comedy Writing Secrets has been giving aspiring comedians a leg up on the competition. In this expanded new edition, Mel Helitzer, named the "funniest professor in the country" by Rolling Stone magazine, and funnyman Mark Shatz pack in even more insight and instruction, including: • Humor writing exercises to punch up your jokes • Extra information on writing for sitcoms and stand-up • Comedic brainstorming techniques using associations and listings • Exclusive tips for writing humor for specific markets like editorials, columns, speeches, advertising, greeting cards, t-shirts, and more Tap into your comedic genius with Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, and you'll always leave 'em laughing!

Music in Comedy Television

Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. ... Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition. New York: Palgrave.

Author: Liz Giuffre

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317273578

Category: Music

Page: 204

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The study of television and music has expanded greatly in recent years, yet to date no book has focused on the genre of comedy television as it relates to music. Music in Comedy Television: Notes on Laughs fills that gap, breaking new critical ground. With contributions from an array of established and emerging scholars representing a range of disciplines, the twelve essays included cover a wide variety of topics and television shows, spanning nearly fifty years across network, cable, and online structures and capturing the latest research in this growing area of study. From Sesame Street to Saturday Night Live, from Monty Python to Flight of the Conchords, this book offers the perfect introduction for students and scholars in music and media studies seeking to understand the role of music in comedy onscreen and how it relates to the wider culture.

King of Comedy

Jerry recalled his father introducing the chorus girls with a rendition of “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody,” he remembered a baggy-pants comedy bit in which ...

Author: Shawn Levy

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250122605

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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Shawn Levy's fascinating biography King of Comedy - the product of vast research and interviews with contemporaries, admirers, foes, and even, briefly, Lewis himself - traces the story of a man who defines High American Show Biz. At points along the time line of his career, Lewis has been the highest-paid performer in history in film, on television, and (in 1995!) on Broadway. With partner Dean Martin, he was half of the most successful comedy duo of all time. He was the first director who debuted in talkies to direct himself. He was a direct, acknowledged influence on giants from Woody Allen to Lenny Bruce to David Letterman to Jim Carrey. He is a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, has raised over $1 billion in charity, and was once nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. And, since the 1950s, he has been one of the most recognized faces on earth. For almost that long, though, people have argued over what Jerry Lewis means. Is he a talented comedian or a grotesque mimic? A startlingly original director or a pretender to Chaplin's throne? A multifaceted entertainer or a megalomaniacal egoist? A tireless champion of the disabled or a tireless self-promoter who has confused America's charitable impulses with affection for him as a performer?

The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy

Steve Allen, The Funny Men (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956), 260. ... Las Vegas [as reprinted in Andrew Davis, Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the ...

Author: Rick DesRochers

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441161932

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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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 Brothers and The Three Keatons, and moving through the silent and early sound films of the early 1930s, the author looks at how comic writer/performers continue to sell a brand of themselves as a form of social commentary in order to confront and dispel stereotypes of race, class, and gender. The first study to explore contemporary popular comic culture and its influence on American society from this unique perspective, Rick DesRochers analyzes stand-up and improvisational comedy writing/performing in the work of Larry David, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Dave Chappelle. He grounds these choices by examining their evolution as they developed signature characters and sketches for their respective shows Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and Chappelle's Show.

Musical Comedy in America

... Irma la Douce could be frank and very funny about sex . ... itself a strange synthesis of baggy - pants comedian , harlequin , crooner , melancholic ...

Author: Cecil Michener Smith

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0878305645

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 367

View: 197


A study of the people and plays of America's popular theater from 1864 to 1950

Encyclopedia of Humor Studies

Baggy pants comedy: Burlesque and the oral tradition. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. Jump, J. (1972). Burlesque. London, UK: Methuen.

Author: Salvatore Attardo

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483364704

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 984

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The Encyclopedia of Humor: A Social History explores the concept of humor in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. This work’s scope encompasses the humor of children, adults, and even nonhuman primates throughout the ages, from crude jokes and simple slapstick to sophisticated word play and ironic parody and satire. As an academic social history, it includes the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, child development, social psychology, life style history, communication, and entertainment media. Readers will develop an understanding of the importance of humor as it has developed globally throughout history and appreciate its effects on child and adult development, especially in the areas of health, creativity, social development, and imagination. This two-volume set is available in both print and electronic formats. Features & Benefits: The General Editor also serves as Editor-in-Chief of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research for The International Society for Humor Studies. The book’s 335 articles are organized in A-to-Z fashion in two volumes (approximately 1,000 pages). This work is enhanced by an introduction by the General Editor, a Foreword, a list of the articles and contributors, and a Reader’s Guide that groups related entries thematically. A Chronology of Humor, a Resource Guide, and a detailed Index are included. Each entry concludes with References/Further Readings and cross references to related entries. The Index, Reader’s Guide themes, and cross references between and among related entries combine to provide robust search-and-browse features in the electronic version. This two-volume, A-to-Z set provides a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers in such diverse fields as communication and media studies, sociology and anthropology, social and cognitive psychology, history, literature and linguistics, and popular culture and folklore.

By the Seat of My Pants

There was an extremely popular comedy act in those days called Lonzo and Oscar . Their steel guitar player , Cousin Jody , was essentially a baggy - pants ...

Author: Buddy Killen


ISBN: UOM:49015002967991

Category: Music

Page: 316

View: 990


One of Nashville's biggest star-makers describes his career in country music, including his relationships with Elvis, Dolly Parton, Paul McCartney, the Allman Brothers, and other stars

The New Humor in the Progressive Era

Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition. Nwew York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Davis, Hartley. “In Vaudeville.”V Everybody's Magazine 13 ( e ...

Author: R. DesRochers

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137357182

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 187

View: 978


By tracing the effects of unprecedented immigration, the advent of the new woman, and the little-known vaudeville careers of performers like the Elinore Sisters, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers, DesRochers examines the relation between comedic vaudeville acts and progressive reformers as they fought over the new definition of "Americanness."


On the hotel scenes of burlesque, see Davis, Baggy Pants Comedy, 215–20. 101. On con games and courtroom sketches in burlesque, see Davis, Baggy Pants ...

Author: Rob King

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520288119

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit to learn more. Hokum! is the first book to take a comprehensive view of short-subject slapstick comedy in the early sound era. Challenging the received wisdom that sound destroyed the slapstick tradition, author Rob King explores the slapstick short’s Depression-era development against a backdrop of changes in film industry practice, comedic tastes, and moviegoing culture. Each chapter is grounded in case studies of comedians and comic teams, including the Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, and Robert Benchley. The book also examines how the past legacy of silent-era slapstick was subsequently reimagined as part of a nostalgic mythology of Hollywood’s youth.

Zen and the Art of Stand Up Comedy

PANTS Again, they should be comfortable, but they should also reflect your character's sensibilities. Baggy pants? Jeans? Expensive-looking dress pants?

Author: Jay Sankey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136555633

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

View: 146


In this engaging and disarmingly frank book, comic Jay Sankey spills the beans, explaining not only how to write and perform stand-up comedy, but how to improve and perfect your work. Much more than a how-to manual Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy is the most detailed and comprehensive book on the subject to date.