By Rebecca Krefting

In this exam of stand-up comedy, Rebecca Krefting establishes a brand new style of comedic creation, "charged humor," and charts its pathways from creation to intake. a few jokes are tears within the cloth of our beliefs—they problem myths approximately how reasonable and democratic our society is and the behaviors and practices we enact to take care of these fictions. Jokes loaded with vitriol and introduced with verve, charged humor compels audiences to motion, artfully summoning political critique.

Since the institutionalization of stand-up comedy as a unique cultural shape, stand-up comics have leveraged charged humor to bare social, political, and financial stratifications. All Joking Aside deals a historical past of charged comedy from the mid-twentieth century to the early aughts, highlighting dozens of gifted comics from Dick Gregory and Robin Tyler to Micia Mosely and Hari Kondabolu.

The approval for charged humor has waxed and waned over the last sixty years. certainly, the heritage of charged humor is a story of intrigue and subversion that includes dive bars, public remonstrations, fickle audiences, motion picture stars grew to become politicians, schedule carriers, emergent applied sciences, neoliberal mind-sets, and a cavalcade of comedian misfits with an ax to grind. alongside the way in which, Krefting explores the fault strains within the sleek economic system of humor, why males are seemed to be funnier than girls, the confusing acclaim for modern day minstrelsy, and how identities are packaged and offered within the marketplace.

Appealing to somebody attracted to the politics of humor and producing implications for the learn of any type of renowned leisure, this historical past displays on why we make the alternatives we do and the collective energy of our consumptive practices. Readers can be extremely joyful via the large array of comedian expertise spotlighted during this e-book, and for these attracted to comedy with substance, it's going to supply another punchline.

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