Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture

Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture
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  • ISBN-13: 9780044452843
  • ISBN: 0044452845
  • Publisher: Routledge


Marc, David


Comic Visions by David Marc is the most influential critical history of American television comedy. This Second Edition updates the subject matter and takes into account how new technology, especially cable TV, has affected this popular form of home entertainment.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.Witty, lucid, and engaging, Marc combines historical research with cultural analysis to provide a study of television comedy that is deeply rooted in the diversity in American society.Marc, David is the author of 'Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture' with ISBN 9780044452843 and ISBN 0044452845.

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