Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy

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  • Author(s): Jeffries, Michael P.
  • Series:
    Culture and Economic Life
  • Publication Information:
    Stanford, California : Stanford University Press. 2017
  • Additional Information
    • Resource Type:
      eBook.
    • Description:
      Comedy is a brutal business. When comedians define success, they don't talk about money—they talk about not quitting. They work in a business where even big names work for free, and the inequalities of race, class, and gender create real barriers. But they also work in a business where people still believe that hard work and talent lead to the big time. How do people working in comedy sustain these contradictions and keep laughing? In Behind the Laughs, Michael P. Jeffries brings readers into the world of comedy to reveal its dark corners and share its buoyant lifeblood. He draws on conversations with comedians, as well as club owners, bookers, and managers, to show the extraordinary social connections professional humor demands. Not only do comedians have to read their audience night after night, but they must also create lasting bonds across the profession to get gigs in the first place. Comedy is not a meritocracy, and its rewards are not often fame and fortune. Only performers who know the rules of their community are able to make it a career.
    • Subjects:
      Racism--United States
      Sexism--United States
      Comedians--United States--Social conditions
      Comedy--Social aspects--United States
      Group identity--United States
    • Categories:
      SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
    • Related ISBNs:
      9780804798082. 9781503602977.
    • OCLC:
      974796558
    • Accession Number:
      1530753
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      JEFFRIES, M. P. Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Jeffries MP. Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press; 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e864sww&AN=1530753. Accessed September 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Jeffries, M. P. (2017). Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e864sww&AN=1530753
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Jeffries, Michael P. 2017. Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy. Culture and Economic Life. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e864sww&AN=1530753.
    • Harvard:
      Jeffries, M. P. (2017) Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press (Culture and Economic Life). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e864sww&AN=1530753 (Accessed: 18 September 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Jeffries, MP 2017, Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy, Culture and Economic Life, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, viewed 18 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Jeffries, Michael P. Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy. Stanford University Press, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e864sww&AN=1530753.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Jeffries, Michael P. Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy. Culture and Economic Life. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e864sww&AN=1530753.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Jeffries MP. Behind the Laughs : Community and Inequality in Comedy [Internet]. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press; 2017 [cited 2019 Sep 18]. (Culture and Economic Life). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e864sww&AN=1530753