A Vulgar Art
A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy
University Press of Mississippi 2017
New Books in AnthropologyNew Books in ArtNew Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in FolkloreNew Books in LanguageNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Popular CultureNew Books Network November 20, 2017 Timothy Thurston
In A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy (The University Press of Mississippi, 2014), Ian Brodie, an associate professor of folklore at Cape Breton University, brings a folkloristic approach to the study of stand-up comedy. By focusing on comedic performance, Brodie shows stand-up comedy to be a collaborative act between comedian and audience similar to folk performance around the world, even as mediatization sees professional comedians transcend the initial performance to reach mass audiences.
Timothy Thurston is Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds. His research examines language at the nexus of tradition and modernity in China’s Tibet.