British Tv Comedies

Author: Juergen Kamm
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137552956
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This collection offers an overview of British TV comedies, ranging from the beginnings of sitcoms in the 1950s to the current boom of 'Britcoms'. It provides in-depth analyses of major comedies, systematically addressing their generic properties, filmic history, humour politics and cultural impact.

Screen Comedy And Online Audiences

Author: Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore
Editor: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317672801
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The question of why we laugh (or don't laugh) has intrigued scholars since antiquity. This book contributes to that debate by exploring how we evaluate screen comedy. What kinds of criteria do we use to judge films and TV shows that are meant to be funny? And what might that have to do with our social and cultural backgrounds, or with wider cultural ideas about film, TV, comedy, quality and entertainment? The book examines these questions through a study of audience responses posted to online facilities such as Twitter, Facebook, review sites, blogs and message boards. Bore’s analysis of these responses considers a broad range of issues, including how audiences perceive the idea of "national" comedy; what they think of female comedians; how they evaluate romcoms, sitcoms and web comedy; what they think is acceptable to joke about; what comedy fans get excited about; how fans interact with star comedians; and what comedy viewers really despise. The book demonstrates some of the ways in which we can adapt theories of humour and comedy to examine the practices of contemporary screen audiences, while offering new insights into how they negotiate the opportunities and constrictions of different online facilities to share their views and experiences.

Representations Of The Mother In Law In Literature Film Drama And Television

Author: Jo Parnell
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498569072
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This collection discusses the depictions of mothers-in-law in popular culture and provides a different approach to the popularly-held views of mothers-in-law.

Python Beyond Python

Author: Paul N. Reinsch
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 3319513850
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This collection of original, interdisciplinary essays addresses the work of Monty Python members beyond the comedy show, films, and live performances. These men are prolific creators in a variety of artistic realms beyond the confines of the comedy troupe. Their work as individuals, before and after coming together as Monty Python, demonstrates a restless curiosity about culture that embraces absurdity but seldom becomes cynical. Python members collectively and individually create unique approaches to theatre, film, video games, comic books, business training videos and more. Python Beyond Python increases our understanding of this often neglected work and the meanings of Monty Python.

Britain S Greatest Tv Comedy Moments

Author: Louis Barfe
Editor: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782390961
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British TV comedy in its glorious forms—from sitcom to sketch shows—is a much-loved highlight of the small-screen schedules. In this must-have collection, Louis Barfe has selected the very best of British television's comedy classics. Unforgettable moments from The Morecambe and Wise Show, Blackadder, and Fawlty Towers rub shoulders with classic sketches including Monty Python's "Dead Parrot" and Hancock's "The Blood Donor." Generation-defining examples from That Was the Week That Was and Not the Nine O'Clock News appear alongside relishable offcuts from more recent triumphs including The Office, The Thick of It, and Outnumbered. Showcasing our funniest TV comedy stars, their shows and their writers, Britain's Greatest TV Comedy Moments is a hilarious trip down memory lane.

Missing Believed Wiped

Author: Dick Fiddy
Editor: British Film Institute
ISBN: 9780851708669
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Missing, Believed Wiped is a book for collectors and enthusiasts of British Television. It explores the history and destruction of celebrated British television programs and lists in detail some of the most important missing material. Above all, the author reveals the exciting possibilities of recovering such valuable items in the future and tells the fascinating stories of how programs once thought lost have been returned, including some through the British Film Institute's Missing, Believed Wiped initiative. Serious dramas, sci-fi shows, pop programs (such as Thank Your Lucky Stars), swashbucklers (The Gay Cavalier), cop shows, comedy, factual programs (Tyranny) and all the other TV genres suffered from the purges of most of the major TV broadcasters. Lack of storage space, the high cost of videotape (which could be re-used) and the (mistaken) belief that black and white television programs had no commercial future after the coming of color, were all cited as reasons for the destruction. However, the establishment of the commercial video industry, new TV channels entirely dedicated to vintage viewing, and the public's seemingly insatiable appetite for classic, cult, and nostalgic TV established beyond doubt the folly of the wiping and junking decisions, declaring the practice a financial embarrassment at best, cultural hooliganism at worst. But this book chronicles a treasure hunt, not a witch hunt. It is a tale of historical mistakes, serendipitous finds and serious sleuthing. It is a valuable guide to those searching in the future for TV material long classified as Missing, Believed Wiped. Missing programs discussed include: plays by Dennis Potter and David Mercer, Quatermass, A for Andromeda and Doctor Who, The Avengers, Armchair Theatre, The Likely Lads, and Till Death Us Do Part.

Tv Living

Author: David Gauntlett
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134667906
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TV Living presents the findings of the BFI Audience Tracking Study in which 500 participants completed detailed questionnaire-diaries on their lives, their television watching, and the relationship between the two over a five year period. Gauntlett and Hill use this extensive data to explore some of the most fundamental questions in media and cultural studies, focusing on issues of gender, identity, the impact of new technologies, and life changes. Opening up new areas of debate, the study sheds new light on audiences and their responses to issues such as sex and violence on television. A unique study of contemporary tv audience behaviour and attitudes, TV Living offers a fascinating insight into the complex relationship between mass media and people's lives today.

The Satanic Verses

Author: Salman Rushdie
Editor: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312270827
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The explosion of a jetliner over India triggers an Apocalyptic battle that sweeps across the subcontinent. Reprint.

Reading Little Britain

Author: Sharon Lockyer
Editor: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 085771614X
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Little Britain' arrived on British TV in 2003 - and was an instant hit. Matt Lucas and David Walliams wrote and performed, and their sharp satirical genius created this character-based sketch show - Vicky Pollard, Dafydd "I'm the only gay in the village", Ting Tong Macadangdang are hard to forget. Its huge popularity as cult-comedy on radio, then television, with its success as mainstream award-winning comedy and as a national and international TV phenomenon, have been tempered by criticism. It's pushed the boundaries of taste too far, some have claimed; it's grotesquely un-politically correct, mocks social groups and participates in the "humour of humiliation" say others. _x000D_ _x000D_ Timely and comprehensive, this must-read book on 'Little Britain' for fans and scholars is the first to provide lively critiques of the show by leading writers, who explore its appeal and dissect its controversies. They look into representations of gender, sexuality, race, disability and class, into sketch-show conventions, the art of the comedy catchphrase, audiences' responses and still more. It provides too a Film, TV and Radio Guide._x000D_

Stand Up Comedy In Theory Or Abjection In America

Author: John Limon
Editor: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822380501
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Stand-Up Comedy in Theory, or, Abjection in America is the first study of stand-up comedy as a form of art. John Limon appreciates and analyzes the specific practice of stand-up itself, moving beyond theories of the joke, of the comic, and of comedy in general to read stand-up through the lens of literary and cultural theory. Limon argues that stand-up is an artform best defined by its fascination with the abject, Julia Kristeva’s term for those aspects of oneself that are obnoxious to one’s sense of identity but that are nevertheless—like blood, feces, or urine—impossible to jettison once and for all. All of a comedian’s life, Limon asserts, is abject in this sense. Limon begins with stand-up comics in the 1950s and 1960s—Lenny Bruce, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Elaine May—when the norm of the profession was the Jewish, male, heterosexual comedian. He then moves toward the present with analyses of David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Ellen DeGeneres, and Paula Poundstone. Limon incorporates feminist, race, and queer theories to argue that the “comedification” of America—stand-up comedy’s escape from its narrow origins—involves the repossession by black, female, queer, and Protestant comedians of what was black, female, queer, yet suburbanizing in Jewish, male, heterosexual comedy. Limon’s formal definition of stand-up as abject art thus hinges on his claim that the great American comedians of the 1950s and 1960s located their comedy at the place (which would have been conceived in 1960 as a location between New York City or Chicago and their suburbs) where body is thrown off for the mind and materiality is thrown off for abstraction—at the place, that is, where American abjection has always found its home. As the first study of its kind, Stand-Up Comedy in Theory, or, Abjection in America will appeal to a wide audience including those interested in cultural studies, Jewish studies, gender and queer theory.