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: 1137378727

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Taking readers inside the burlesque houses of Depression-era America, Baggy Pants Comedy explores the role of comedy in a show remembered mostly for strip-tease. It examines how burlesque comics, straight men, 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 transcripts of 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

While Hank was doing his bit , the bass player would slip off stage and don baggy pants , loud shirt , and the rest of his comic uniform . The average country 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.

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 repeat garnered an audience of 14.7 million viewers (JICTAR).

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.

This Was Burlesque

And he would do more: he would interject in the middle of a romantic ballad an unexpected funny line. ... Compared to the baggy-pants comic, however, he was a tailor's dream. His job was to dominate the comic, to scold him, ...

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.

The Comedy Improv Handbook

A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance Matt Fotis, Siobhan O'Hara ... Andrew Davis's Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition Douglas Gilbert's American Vaudeville: Its Life and ...

Author: Matt Fotis

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317390183

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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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.

A Companion to Film Comedy

In the meantime some of the most effective motion picture comedies were documentaries of comic routines already perfected ... Little Tich's comic portrayal was that of a “grotesque,” “eccentric,” “red-nosed,” or “baggy-pantscomedian ...

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

Music in Comedy Television

Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition. New York: Palgrave. Feil, Ken (2014). Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. Fowles, Barbara R (November 1973). “Address to the Committee on Children and ...

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.

The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy

Comedy is a Man in Trouble: Slapstick in American Movies. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. Davis, Andrew. Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Day, Donald.

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

Because it never leered and seldom spoke above a mezzo piano , Irma la Douce could be frank and very funny about sex . ... Holding all this together was Newley's presence , itself a strange synthesis of baggy - pants comedian ...

Author: Cecil Michener Smith

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0878305645

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 367

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

Comedy Writing Secrets

During one of the annual San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy competitions, Jon Fox, a coproducer, reported that after Charles Cozart won a number of preliminary rounds with a ... Even today, baggy pants signal a comic character.

Author: Mel Helitzer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976853

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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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!

Burlesque and the New Bump n grind

Dane's Dames have comics at their helm who echo the past when peelers performed side - by - side with the funny men . ... In an attempt to keep all aspects of burlesque alive , Tease - O - Rama has included the Baggy Pants Comedy ...

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.

How Funny Are You

He created a comic character called “the Tramp.” Chaplin also had a little mustache. He wore a funnylooking black hat. His big shoes and baggy pants were also funny. He didn't have to talk to make people laugh! Lucille Ball—Lucille Ball ...

Author: Sequoia Childrens Publishing

Publisher: Phoenix International Publications, Inc.

ISBN: 9781649962560

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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What kind of joke is a groaner? How about a gag? Get the answers to these questions and more in this super fun book for budding comedians! Kids will learn about famous jokesters, the history of comedy, and even get tips on friendly pranks to play on their peers.

The Profane Book of Irish Comedy

With this fine comic stance of narcissistic liberation we have entered the anarchic realm of the antic comedian—antic because he can be crazy or grotesque, fantastic or irresponsible, ... (knockabout comedians in baggy pants .

Author: David Krause

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501744013

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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... performed by subsequent burlesque double acts like Smith and Dale. 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 Comedy, ch.

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.

Three Classic Silent Screen Comedies Starring Harold Lloyd

A 1918 one - reel work , Back Stage , also reveals a curious hybrid in the comedian's comic character . As a happy - go - lucky stagehand , Lloyd's character wears a derby , baggy pants , and large comedy shoes ; but the character also ...

Author: Donald W. McCaffrey

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838614558

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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A detailed investigation of the characters of and patterns of organization and sources of comedy in Grandma's Boy, Safety Last, and The Freshman

Broadway Yearbook 2001 2002

... The Seven Little Foys, with Eddie Jr. narrating and Bob Hope playmodern-day musical comedy fans are ing Eddie Sr.) bound to leave the theatre thinking Hines calls for a baggy-pants comedian, with a slab of ham in his pants pocket.

Author: Steven Suskin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190289263

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 408

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Called the "theater equivalent of longtime New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael" by Matinee Magazine, critic and producer Steven Suskin chronicles the 2001-2002 theater season in his latest installment in the Broadway Yearbook series. Commenting with wit and erudition on each show that opened on Broadway between May 2001 and May 2002, Suskin's vivid descriptions recall Tony winners like Thoroughly Modern Millie and Urinetown and commercial smashes like Mamma Mia! and The Graduate. A great read for theater buffs, the book is also a valuable sourcebook for critics, Broadway historians, and theater professionals, providing an array of statistics on every Broadway production of the season, as well as noteworthy off-Broadway performances. The intelligent and witty Broadway Yearbook, 2001-2002 will engage theater lovers, performers, and critics alike.

Encyclopedia of Humor Studies

Baggy pants comedy: Burlesque and the oral tradition. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. Jump, J. (1972). Burlesque. London, UK: Methuen. Schoch, R. W. (2002). Not Shakespeare: Bardolatry and burlesque in the nineteenth century.

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.

Slave Theater in the Roman Republic

Plautus and Popular Comedy Amy Richlin. Corbeill, Anthony. 2004. ... In Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama, ed. Ben Akrigg and Rob Tordoff. 159–72. ... Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition.

Author: Amy Richlin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108206983

Category: History


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Roman comedy evolved early in the war-torn 200s BCE. Troupes of lower-class and slave actors traveled through a militarized landscape full of displaced persons and the newly enslaved; together, the actors made comedy to address mixed-class, hybrid, multilingual audiences. Surveying the whole of the Plautine corpus, where slaves are central figures, and the extant fragments of early comedy, this book is grounded in the history of slavery and integrates theories of resistant speech, humor, and performance. Part I shows how actors joked about what people feared - natal alienation, beatings, sexual abuse, hard labor, hunger, poverty - and how street-theater forms confronted debt, violence, and war loss. Part II catalogues the onstage expression of what people desired: revenge, honor, free will, legal personhood, family, marriage, sex, food, free speech; a way home, through memory; and manumission, or escape - all complicated by the actors' maleness. Comedy starts with anger.

The Education of a Circus Clown

Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Circus clowning's comic cousins. Davison, Jon. Clown. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Clown history, theory, and practice from secondary ...

Author: David Carlyon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137547439

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 219

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2017 Freedley Award Finalist, Theatre Library Association 2016 Best Circus Book of the Year, Stuart Thayer Prize, Circus Historical Society The 1960s American hippie-clown boom fostered many creative impulses, including neo-vaudeville and Ringling's Clown College. However, the origin of that impulse, clowning with a circus, has largely gone unexamined. David Carlyon, through an autoethnographic examination of his own experiences in clowning, offers a close reading of the education of a professional circus clown, woven through an eye-opening, sometimes funny, occasionally poignant look at circus life. Layering critical reflections of personal experience with connections to wider scholarship, Carlyon focuses on the work of clowning while interrogating what clowns actually do, rather than using them as stand-ins for conceptual ideas or as sentimental figures.