Studying humour and the reasons and functions of the stand-up comedianPosted: December 5, 2014
For my dissertation I have been reading ‘A cultural history of Humour – from antiquity to the present day’ by Bremmer and Roodunberg, which is mostly a study of humour in the cultures of the Ancient greeks, the Romans and then the rest of europe as the timeline nears the present day.
Side by side with this i’ve been designing cartoon settings for comedy in and out of my sketchbook. Eventually I’m hoping to turn this into a videoed performance piece, for which i’m still writing the narratives.
Stand up comedians deliver what the audience doesn’t expect in a sense, as humour has to have some element of surprise. But the audience comes to see a comedy show expecting to laugh . This narrows down what the comedian is trying to do, to soley trying to provoke laughter from people with a common set of ethics/principles and foundations of reality. The comic has to be able to spot the norms of their audience, and then turn them upside down for comic effect.