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.

Radio Comedy Diary

A Researcher's Guide to the Actual Jokes and Quotes of the Top Comedy
Programs of 1947–1950 Gary Poole. BERLE: ... GALLUP: That it's a comedy
show. BERLE: ... 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

View: 728


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.

Burlesque and the New Bump n grind

Men aren't exactly the best at being loose about their roles , while women are
used to adapting . ... In an attempt to keep all aspects of burlesque alive , Tease -
O - Rama has included the Baggy Pants Comedy , a revue that takes classic ...

Author: Michelle Baldwin

Publisher: Speck Press

ISBN: 0972577629

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

View: 527


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.

The Comedy Improv Handbook

A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and
Performance Matt Fotis, Siobhan O'Hara. Bogart, Anne, and Tina ... Baggy Pants
Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Author: Matt Fotis

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317390183

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

View: 686


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

Despite this sensitivity regarding his appearance, Little Tich's comic portrayal
was that of a “grotesque,” “eccentric,” “red-nosed,” or “baggy-pantscomedian
similar to those that fellow English-born comics Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, and

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118327845

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 584

View: 927


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

The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy

This reference also points to the fact that Groucho was well aware of world affairs
that informed his comedy throughout his ... reprinted in Andrew Davis, Baggy
Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition (New York: Palgrave Macmillan,

Author: Rick DesRochers

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441161932

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 335


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.

Staging the Slums Slumming the Stage

... Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition by Andrew Davis
Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation, and the American Musical by Stuart J
. Hecht The Drama of Marriage: Gay Playwrights/Straight Unions from Oscar
Wilde to ...

Author: J. Westgate

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137357687

Category: Social Science

Page: 278

View: 952


Drawing on traditional archival research, reception theory, cultural histories of slumming, and recent work in critical theory on literary representations of poverty, Westgate argues that the productions of slum plays served as enactments of the emergent definitions of the slum and the corresponding ethical obligations involved therein.

Theatre Youth and Culture

Osborne Russian Cultureand Theatrical Performance inAmerica, 1891–1933 by
Valleri J.Hohman Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque andthe Oral Tradition by
Andrew Davis Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation, and the American
Musical ...

Author: Manon van de Water

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137056658

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 201

View: 990


There is a complex relationship between performance, youth, and the shifting material circumstances (social, cultural, economic, ideological, and political) under which theatre for children and youth is generated and perceived. This book explores different aspect of theatre for young audiences using examples from theatrical events globally.

The History of Low Comedy and Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century English Music Hall as Basis for Examining the 1914 1917 Films of Charles Spencer Chaplin

[ 104 ] Also known as " red nose " or " baggy pants " comedians , the quaints were
something of a departure from their comic predecessors . Individuality was a
particular concern for the comedians who played quaints . They chose not to be ...

Author: Frank Milo Scheide


ISBN: WISC:89090026584

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 780

View: 862


The Comedy of Error

Do they wear clown shoes and baggy pants? And if they do, how can you tell
them from ordinary professors? But I digress. In the Primer of Humor Research,
the editor and godfather of humour scholarship calls trespassers like me 'first-
timer ...

Author: Jonathan Silvertown

Publisher: Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781925938456

Category: Humor

Page: 192

View: 203


What is humour? Why do we laugh? And why is the root of a good joke almost always error? Good jokes, bad jokes, clever jokes, dad jokes — the desire to laugh is universal. But why do we find some gags hilarious, whilst others fall flat? Why does explaining a joke make it less amusing rather than more so? Why is laughter contagious, and why did it evolve in the first place? Using the oldest jokes and the latest science, in The Comedy of Error, Professor Jonathan Silvertown investigates why we laugh: from laughter’s evolutionary origins, to similarities and differences in humour across cultures, and even why being funny makes us sexier. As this unique book demonstrates, understanding how humour really works can provide endless entertainment.

Pretend the World Is Funny and Forever

The annals of comedy document a fascination with size. The comic loves to
experiment with ... Chaplin's unique costume. There is a ludicrous interaction
involving the Tramp 's enormous shoes, his fanned out, baggy pants, his much-
too-small ...

Author: S. Fisher

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781317770060

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

View: 896


First published in 1982. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Life is Funny

A Riveting Tale of Comedy, Hairdressing, and Texas Politics Leigh Anne
Jasheway-Bryant. My Trailer Park or Yours ? ... Each had one hand on the waist
of his baggy pants, trying to keep them up to avoid tripping. 39 Life is Funny My
Trailer ...

Author: Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant

Publisher: Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant

ISBN: 0967448670

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

View: 254


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
comedian in the vaudeville tradition . He would be corny by today ' s standards ,
but a ...

Author: Buddy Killen


ISBN: UOM:49015002967991

Category: Music

Page: 316

View: 794


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

Shopping for a Billionaire Boxed Set Books 1 5 Romantic Comedy New York Times bestseller

Romantic Comedy Billionaire Office Romance Julia Kent. “How do you ... I fell
asleep in a weird combination of a tight workout t-shirt and extra-baggy pajama
bottoms, pants so big I use an old robe sash to tie them to my waist. My hair must

Author: Julia Kent

Publisher: Julia Kent


Category: Fiction


View: 490


Ever meet a hot billionaire while your hand's in a toilet in the men's room of one of his stores? No? So it really is just me. Hmm. When you're a mystery shopper, you get paid to humiliate yourself, all in the name of improving customer service. Romance isn't in my job description. But the day I met Declan McCormick it was love at first flush. Until I nearly castrated him with my EpiPen. How Hot Guy and Toilet Girl became an item involves my crazy mom, a trip to the ER, my homicidal cat, my fake wife, and true love. Don't look at me like that. I'm just doing my job. I'm shopping for a billionaire. --- The Shopping for a Billionaire collection from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent is a 600+ page, hilarious romantic comedy with heart, heat, and laughs. This boxed set contains the previously published: Shopping for a Billionaire 1 Shopping for a Billionaire 2 Shopping for a Billionaire 3 Shopping for a Billionaire 4 Christmas Shopping for a Billionaire ***** Read what others are saying about Julia Kent: "Heartwarming and intensely emotional, Our Options Have Changed is witty, sexy and hilarious with a heroine you admire and a hero you can't help falling in love with." -- Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author "Reading a Julia Kent book is like taking a vacation with your best friends. They'll make you laugh, tug on your heartstrings, and leave you wanting more." -- New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster "Kent and Reed create rom com magic in this friends to lovers romance. Laughter, tears, and all the swoons." -- USA Today Best Selling author Daisy Prescott "Witty, sexy, funny and delightfully delicious--love it from beginning to end."-- USA Today bestselling author T Gephart "An utterly charming celebration of the messiness of love, life, and motherhood... every woman deserves a Nick." -- Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author Reader and Blogger reviews: "Move over Sophie Kinsella and make way for Julia Kent. I haven't laughed so much since the Shopaholic series." -- Reader review "Shannon reminds me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum character..." -- Reader review "Another best seller by the Queen of romantic comedy." -- Reader review "Kent took this fun, sexy tale and gave it a depth that made it so darn easy to read." -- Glass Paper Ink Bookblog "Nothing has made me laugh out loud this much since I read Bridget Jones' Diary many, many years ago." -- Reader review "This book is a MUST READ and I can't WAIT for the next one!!!" -- Reader review "...Julia Kent has once again brought the laugh until you cry scenes, but has added a new aspect to her writing..." -- Avid Reader Book Reviews "The characters in this book are absolutely magnetic and you can't help but be drawn into their lives." -- Reader review "This book is bursting at the seams with all the fun and witty banter!" -- Eargasms Audiobook Reviews Read the entire billionaire romance series, starting with the New York Times bestselling start! Shopping for a Billionaire 1 Shopping for a Billionaire 2 Shopping for a Billionaire 3 Shopping for a Billionaire 4 Christmas Shopping for a Billionaire Shopping for a Billionaire's Fiancee Shopping for a CEO Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife Shopping for a CEO's Fiancee Shopping for an Heir Shopping for a Billionaire's Honeymoon Shopping for a CEO's Wife Shopping for a Billionaire's Baby Shopping for a CEO's Honeymoon Shopping for a Baby's First Christmas Topics: contemporary romance, romantic comedy, shopping romance, billionaire romance, billionaire, series, romantic comedy series, comedy, comedy series, bbw romance, funny romance, laugh romance, modern romance, urban romance, boston, boston romance, wealthy, USA today, USA today bestseller, CEO romance, office romance, city romance, smart romance, mystery shopping, mystery shopping romance, dogs in romance, cats in romance, lighthearted romance, light romance, hot romance, julia kent, julia kent romance, wedding, wedding romance, vegas, vegas romance, vegas wedding, escape wedding, humor, humorous romance, satire, american humor, wedding romance, literature & fiction, entertainment, humor and comedy, romantic comedy Perfect for readers of Emma Chase, Penny Reid, Lauren Blakely, Sally Thorne, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kendall Ryan, Kristan Higgins, Helena Hunting, Sophie Kinsella and Alice Clayton. Audiobook narrated by Tanya Eby.

Pennsylvania Folklife

If Schnitzel was a baggy pants comedian , Bertha is a sack dress and flowered
hat performer . “ I dress crazy , ” as she herself puts it - demode in outward
appearance . But in her comedy act she is a live , contemporary purveyor of
slightly ...



ISBN: IND:30000108557293

Category: Pennsylvania Dutch


View: 412


The Film Comedy Reader

The vaudeville of his youth , 1900 - 1918 , shone as the golden age of character
and physical comedy . “ Character ” then meant garishly costumed baggy - pants
humor : blackface minstrels , tramps , rubes , Italians , Jews . All were ...

Author: Gregg Rickman

Publisher: Amadeus Press

ISBN: UOM:39015054388478

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 424

View: 850



New York City Vaudeville

Jimmy Savo (1895–1960), with his baggy pants and pixielike grin, boasted a
unique comedy style, which had to be seen to be appreciated. Charlie Chaplin
called him “the world's greatest pantomimist.” He began as a juggler, became a ...

Author: Anthony Slide

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781439633915

Category: Photography

Page: 128

View: 290


New York City Vaudeville provides a unique pictorial record of America’s preeminent entertainment medium in the late 1800s through the early 1930s. New York’s Palace Theatre served as the flagship for vaudeville, on which stage every vaudevillian aspired to perform. New York City Vaudeville features photographs of some of the greatest names from the Palace Theatre, including Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Anna Held, the Marx Brothers, and Eva Tanguay, as well as legendary African American performers such as Bill Robinson, Ethel Waters, and Bert Williams. Through the photographs and the capsule biographies, the reader is transported back to a time when vaudeville was the people’s entertainment, with a new bill of fare each week and an ever-changing number of performers with ever-changing styles of presentation.

Comedies The comedy of errors The taming of the shrew The two gentlemen of Verona Love s labor s lost Romeo and Juliet A midsummer night s dream

8 ) 34 Balk logic engage in arguments 36 quicken make alive 38 stomach taste ,
preference 40 affect like 41 Gramercies many thanks 478 . d . pantaloon
laughable old man ( a stock character with baggy pants , in Italian Renaissance
comedy ) ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: UVA:X004585433

Category: Drama

Page: 800

View: 494


A collection of all of Shakespeare's comedies.

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 , a law unto his ... knockabout comedians in baggy
pants .

Author: David Krause

Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015001192692

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 337

View: 343


This book discusses the major works of 14 Irish playwrights: Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Dion Boucicault, William Boyle, Paul Vincent Carrol, George Fitzmaurice, Lady Gregory, Denis Johnston, Sean O'Casey, Lennox Robinson, Bernard Shaw, George Shields, J.M. Synge, and W.B. Yeats. Shown are the ways in which these works are linked, emotionally and thematically, to early Gaelic literature and the tradition of the mythic pagan playboy. -- Publisher description

Charlie Chaplin s World of Comedy

A key factor in this neglect is the question , Is the tramp essentially a capable or
an incompetent comedy hero ? Incompetent would seem the most obvious
answer . In thinking of film comedy , one first sees a " little fellow ” in baggy pants

Author: Wes D. Gehring


ISBN: STANFORD:36105036045453

Category: Comedy films

Page: 58

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