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Comedy book : how comedy conquered culture - and the magic that makes it work / Jesse David Fox.

"Comedy is king. From multimillion-dollar TV specials to sold-out stand-up shows and TikTok stardom, comedy has never been more popular, democratized, or influential. Comedians have become organizing forces across culture--as trusted as politicians and as fawned-over as celebrities--yet comedy as an art form has gone under-considered throughout its history, even as it has ascended as a cultural force. In Comedy Book, Jesse David Fox--the country's most definitive voice in comedy criticism and someone who, in his own words, "enjoys comedy maybe more than anyone on this planet"--tackles everything you need to know about comedy. Weaving together history and analysis, Fox unravels the genre's political legacy through an ode to Jon Stewart, interrogates the divide between highbrow and lowbrow via Adam Sandler, and unpacks how marginalized comics create spaces for their communities. Along the way, Fox covers everything from comedy in the age of political correctness and Will Smith's slap to the right wing's relationship with comedy and, for Fox, comedy's ability to heal personal tragedy. With memorable cameos from Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, John Mulaney, Ali Wong, Kate Berlant, and countless others, Comedy Book is an eye-opening education in how to engage with our most omnipresent art form, a riotous history of American pop culture, and a love letter to laughter." -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780374604714
  • ISBN: 0374604711
  • Physical Description: 353 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [317]-334) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Comedy -- Audience -- Funny -- Timing -- Politics -- Truth -- Laughter -- The line -- Context -- Community -- Connection.
Subject: Comedy > History and criticism.
Stand-up comedy.
Performing Arts
Other performing arts
Popular culture

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Allentown Public Library 809.917 FOX (Text) 34455007058775 New Adult Nonfiction Available -
Bethlehem Main Library 809.917 (Text) 33062009807034 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 03/12/2024

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