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The Laughing Stalk: Live Comedy and Its Audiences


With contributions by leading scholars, writers, and comedians in the U.S., the UK, and Canada, this guide focuses on the dynamics of audience behavior. Performers, writers, historians, producers, and theorists explore the practice and reception of live comedy performance, including cultural and historical variations in comedy audience conduct, the reception of "low" versus "high" comedy, and the differences between televised and live jokes.

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