Take me seriously. Now laugh at me! How gender influences the creation of contemporary physical comedy

Boyle, Bridget (2015) Take me seriously. Now laugh at me! How gender influences the creation of contemporary physical comedy. Comedy Studies, 6(1), pp. 78-90.

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Abstract

This paper unpacks some of the complexities of the female comic project, focussing on the creation of physical comedy, via multiple readings of the term “serious”. Does female desire to be taken seriously in the public realm compromise female-driven comedy? Historically, female seriousness has been a weapon in the hands of such female-funniness sceptics as the late Christopher Hitchens (2007), who (in)famously declared that women are too concerned with the grave importance of their reproductive responsibility to make good comedy. The dilemma is clear: for the woman attempting to elicit laughs, she’s not serious enough outside the home, and far too serious inside it.

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ID Code: 83585
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: comic body, feminist humour, physical comedy, gender
DOI: 10.1080/2040610X.2015.1028167
ISSN: 2040-6118
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2015 00:05
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2016 23:26

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