Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture / Edition 2

Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture / Edition 2

by David Marc
     
 

Comic Visions, Second Edition is an update of the most influential critical history written on the evolution of American television comedy. In his witty, lucid, and insightful style, David Marc skilfully combines historical research with cultural analysis to provide an immensely readable study of television comedy as a reflection of the diversity and

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Comic Visions, Second Edition is an update of the most influential critical history written on the evolution of American television comedy. In his witty, lucid, and insightful style, David Marc skilfully combines historical research with cultural analysis to provide an immensely readable study of television comedy as a reflection of the diversity and richness in American society.

Marc examines the roots of television comedy beginning with the influence of Vaudeville, cinema and radio on the variety shows and sitcoms of the 1940's and 1950's. He then moves into television's response to the turbulent 1960's and the great expansion of situational comedy popular in the 1970's. A completely new chapter looks at recent developments such as Comedy Central and the proliferation of stand-up comedy and also includes an engaging analysis of why shows like Seinfeld and The Simpsons are such major hits in the 1990s.

Foreword by Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577180036
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/30/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Praise for the First Edition.

Acknowledgments.

Foreword by Ken Tucker.

Preface to the Second Edition.

1. What's So Funny About America?.

2. Waking Up to Television.

3. The Making of a Sitcom, 1961.

4. Planet Earth to Sitcom, Planet Earth to Sitcom.

5. The Sitcom at Literate Peak.

6. Demographic Fantasies of the Reagan Era.

7. Friends of the Family.

Bibliography.

Index to Television Comedy Series.

General Index.

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