Saturday Night Live, Hollywood Comedy, and American Culture

From Chevy Chase to Tina Fey

Author: J. Whalley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023010794X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

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This book addresses how Saturday Night Live's confrontational, boundary-pushing approach spilled over into film production, contributing to some of the biggest hits in Hollywood history.
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Homo Ludens as a Comic Character in Selected American Films

Author: Artur Skweres

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319479679

Category: Education

Page: 97

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This book reveals the hitherto critically disregarded ludic elements in popular American comedy films, building on and expanding the theories developed by Johan Huizinga in his classic study Homo Ludens (1938) and Roger Caillois in Les jeux et les hommes (1958). To address the lack of attention paid to the play principle in film comedy studies, this book focuses exclusively on the elements typical of play that can be found in movies. It introduces two new categories describing play: óneiros and pragma, which allow analysis of how play in comedies is influenced by the relations between the player and non-players. The text is supplemented by the use of the author’s drawings, which, because of their analytical and selective nature, are used as a tool for visual study. The play principle has a long tradition in American humor and the films examined here were chosen for their popularity and wide appeal, often acting as vehicles for Hollywood stars (e.g. Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Goldie Hawn, Mike Myers, Jackie Chan or Chris Tucker). The actors’ status allowed the filmmakers to construct situations in which the protagonists distanced themselves from the fictional situation. It is argued that the playful detachment from reality, typifying many of the fictional characters portrayed by actors with star status, is characteristic of the play principle in film. Another major consideration is the hotly debated notion of the accomplishment of goals in playful activities, and the book strongly supports the position that in narratives, play can (but does not have to) yield important results. The introduction of the categories of óneiros and pragma in play serves to highlight the complex relation between playfulness and practicality in the films discussed. Building on a comprehensive analysis of the ludic elements in selected popular American comedies, the book makes an important contribution to film studies, providing a unique perspective through its focus on the concept of homo ludens as a comic hero.
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Screen Comedy and Online Audiences

Author: Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317672798

Category: Social Science

Page: 182

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The question of why we laugh (or don't laugh) has intrigued scholars since antiquity. This book contributes to that debate by exploring how we evaluate screen comedy. What kinds of criteria do we use to judge films and TV shows that are meant to be funny? And what might that have to do with our social and cultural backgrounds, or with wider cultural ideas about film, TV, comedy, quality and entertainment? The book examines these questions through a study of audience responses posted to online facilities such as Twitter, Facebook, review sites, blogs and message boards. Bore’s analysis of these responses considers a broad range of issues, including how audiences perceive the idea of "national" comedy; what they think of female comedians; how they evaluate romcoms, sitcoms and web comedy; what they think is acceptable to joke about; what comedy fans get excited about; how fans interact with star comedians; and what comedy viewers really despise. The book demonstrates some of the ways in which we can adapt theories of humour and comedy to examine the practices of contemporary screen audiences, while offering new insights into how they negotiate the opportunities and constrictions of different online facilities to share their views and experiences.
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Hollywood and the Baby Boom

A Social History

Author: James Russell,Jim Whalley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501331507

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Between 1946 and 1964 seventy-five million babies were born, dwarfing the generations that preceded and succeeded them. At each stage of its life-cycle, the baby boom's great size has dictated the terms of national policy and public debate. While aspects of this history are well-documented, the relationship between the baby boom and Hollywood has never been explored. And yet, for almost 40 years, baby boomers made up the majority of Hollywood's audience, and since the 1970s, boomers have dominated movie production. Hollywood and the Baby Boom weaves together interviews with leading filmmakers, archival research and the memories of hundreds of ordinary filmgoers to tell the full story of Hollywood's relationship with the boomers for the first time. The authors demonstrate the profound influence of the boomers on the ways that movies were made, seen and understood since the 1950s. The result is a compelling new account that draws upon an unprecedented range of sources, and offers new insights into the history of American movies.
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Cult Film Stardom

Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification

Author: K. Egan,S. Thomas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113729177X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The term 'cult film star' has been employed in popular journalistic writing for the last 25 years, but what makes cult stars distinct from other film stars has rarely been addressed. This collection explores the processes through which film stars/actors become associated with the cult label, from Bill Murray to Ruth Gordon and Ingrid Pitt.
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Saturday Night Live FAQ

Everything Left to Know About Television's Longest Running Comedy

Author: Stephen Tropiano

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1480366854

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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(FAQ). Television history was made on Saturday, October 11, 1975, at 11:30pm (ET), when Chevy Chase welcomed America to the first episode of a new late-night comedy series. With its cutting edge satire and cast of young, talented performers, Saturday Night Live set a new standard for television comedy while launching the careers of such comedy greats as John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey. Saturday Night Live FAQ is the first book to offer the show's generations of fans everything they ever wanted to know (and may have forgotten) about SNL . Beginning with the show's creation in the mid-1970s by Lorne Michaels and the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, SNL FAQ takes you through the show's history with an in-depth look at all thirty-eight seasons. It's all here the comedic highlights and low points, memorable hosts and musical guests, controversial moments, and, of course, the recurring characters and sketches, catch phrases, and film shorts that have made SNL the epicenter of American comedy for nearly four decades. SNL FAQ also examines the show's influence on American culture and includes profiles of over 100 SNL cast members, along with a comprehensive guide detailing every episode.
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Saturday Night Live & American TV

Author: Nick Marx,Matt Sienkiewicz,Ron Becker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780253010827

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 283

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For over 35 years, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" has greeted late night–TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music. SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of a mass of comedians including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Adam Sandler, among others. Week after week, SNL has produced unforgettable sketches and provocative political satire, adapting to changing times while staying true to its original vision of performing timely topical humor. With essays that address issues ranging from race and gender to authorship and comedic performance, "Saturday Night Live" and American TV follows the history of this 36-time Emmy-winning show and its place in the shifting social and media landscape of American television.
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Live From New York

The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

Author: James Andrew Miller,Tom Shales

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316295078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 800

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Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade. When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.
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That's Not Funny, That's Sick: The National Lampoon and the Comedy Insurgents Who Captured the Mainstream

Author: Ellin Stein

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039308437X

Category: Humor

Page: 352

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“Dazzling.”—Hollywood Reporter Labor Day, 1969. Two recent college graduates move to New York to edit a new magazine called The National Lampoon. Over the next decade, Henry Beard and Doug Kenney, along with a loose amalgamation of fellow satirists including Michael O’Donoghue and P. J. O’Rourke, popularized a smart, caustic, ironic brand of humor that has become the dominant voice of American comedy. Ranging from sophisticated political satire to broad raunchy jokes, the National Lampoon introduced iconoclasm to the mainstream, selling millions of copies to an audience both large and devoted. Its excursions into live shows, records, and radio helped shape the anarchic earthiness of John Belushi, the suave slapstick of Chevy Chase, and the deadpan wit of Bill Murray, and brought them together with other talents such as Harold Ramis, Christopher Guest, and Gilda Radner. A new generation of humorists emerged from the crucible of the Lampoon to help create Saturday Night Live and the influential film Animal House, among many other notable comedy landmarks. Journalist Ellin Stein, an observer of the scene since the early 1970s, draws on a wealth of revealing, firsthand interviews with the architects and impresarios of this comedy explosion to offer crucial insight into a cultural transformation that still echoes today. Brimming with insider stories and set against the roiling political and cultural landscape of the 1970s, That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick goes behind the jokes to witness the fights, the parties, the collaborations—and the competition—among this fraternity of the self-consciously disenchanted. Decades later, their brand of subversive humor that provokes, offends, and often illuminates is as relevant and necessary as ever.
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Comedy

A Geographic and Historical Guide

Author: Maurice Charney

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313327155

Category: Comedy

Page: 663

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Hollywood's White House

The American Presidency in Film and History

Author: Peter C. Rollins,John E. O'Connor

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813191263

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 441

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" Winner of the 2003 Ray and Pat Browne Book Award, given by the Popular Culture Association The contributors to Hollywood's White House examine the historical accuracy of these presidential depictions, illuminate their influence, and uncover how they reflect the concerns of their times and the social and political visions of the filmmakers. The volume, which includes a comprehensive filmography and a bibliography, is ideal for historians and film enthusiasts.
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Caddyshack

The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story

Author: Chris Nashawaty

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL EDITION

ISBN: 1250105951

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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"In the summer of 1980, a group of authority-defying comedy geniuses from Saturday Night Live, the Second City improv troupe, and the National Lampoon magazine created the funniest sports movie ever made. Maybe the funniest movie ever made, period. This timeless snobs-versus-slobs story of working-class kids and the white-collar buffoons who make them carry their golf bags in the hot summer sun has sex, drugs, and one very memorable candy bar. But the movie we all know and love as a benchmark of comedic film didn't start that way, and everyone who made it certainly didn't have the word "classic" in mind as the cameras were rolling. The story of Caddyshack began, improbably, at Harvard University, when three editors of The Harvard Lampoon (Doug Kenney, Rob Hoffman, and Henry Beard) decided to unleash their revolutionary humor on the world at large and publish the National Lampoon. The magazine quickly became a cultural juggernaut, expanding from page to stage and attracting the talents of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. Together, they set American popular culture on fire, and the Lampoon team quickly turned to film. After Animal House became a box office blockbuster, the brilliant and drug-addled minds of the Lampoon turned their focus on a story from Bill and Brian Doyle-Murray's childhood summers spent working at Chicago country clubs. The making of Caddyshack turned out to be even crazier and funnier than the film, as this ragtag group of party animal filmmakers descended on a Florida country club to shoot the movie over three very memorable months. In [this book], Chris Nashawaty, film critic for Entertainment Weekly, goes behind the scenes of the iconic film, chronicling the rise of comedy's greatest deranged minds as they turn the entertainment industry on its head and ultimately blow up both a golf course and popular culture as we know it. So, it's got that going for it ... which is nice."--Dust jacket.
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TV Guide

The Official Collectors Guide

Author: Stephen F. Hofer

Publisher: Bangzoom Publishers

ISBN: 9780977292714

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 315

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A guide to collecting the television magazine which includes fifty years of national and regional covers, a history of television programming, a publication history of the guide, and a table of the current market value for each issue.
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Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history

the Black experience in the Americas

Author: Colin A. Palmer,Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library

ISBN: 9780028658186

Category: History

Page: 2746

View: 9623

Contains primary source material.
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The Last Black Unicorn

Author: Tiffany Haddish

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 150118184X

Category: Humor

Page: 288

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself. Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend. None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy. Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others. By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.
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Laughter in the Living Room

Television Comedy and the American Home Audience

Author: Michael Tueth

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820468457

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 241

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For more than fifty years some very funny people have been entering American homes through television's big picture window. From Lucy and Uncle Miltie, to Archie Bunker and Marge Simpson, certain comic stars of television history have become not just cultural icons, but friends of the family. This comprehensive study of the most successful television comedies - including domestic sitcoms, workplace comedies, variety shows, late-night comedy, animated comedy, and more - reveals that, unlike the comedy found in film, on stage, in comedy clubs and concert halls, television's presentation of comic characters and stories must negotiate a relationship with the more privatized and value-laden environment of each American home that it enters.
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Demographic Vistas

Television in American Culture

Author: David Marc

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812215601

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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"Quite simply, a tour de force--a wonderful synthesis of history and criticism."--Daniel Czitrom, author of
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Heritage, Culture, and Politics in the Postcolony

Author: Daniel Herwitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231530722

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

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The act of remaking one's history into a heritage, a conscientiously crafted narrative placed over the past, is a thriving industry in almost every postcolonial culture. This is surprising, given the tainted role of heritage in so much of colonialism's history. Yet the postcolonial state, like its European predecessor of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, deploys heritage institutions and instruments, museums, courts of law, and universities to empower itself with unity, longevity, exaltation of value, origin, and destiny. Bringing the eye of a philosopher, the pen of an essayist, and the experience of a public intellectual to the study of heritage, Daniel Herwitz reveals the febrile pitch at which heritage is staked. In this absorbing book, he travels to South Africa and unpacks its controversial and robust confrontations with the colonial and apartheid past. He visits India and reads in its modern art the gesture of a newly minted heritage idealizing the precolonial world as the source of Indian modernity. He traverses the United States and finds in its heritage of incessant invention, small town exceptionalism, and settler destiny a key to contemporary American media-driven politics. Showing how destabilizing, ambivalent, and potentially dangerous heritage is as a producer of contemporary social, aesthetic, and political realities, Herwitz captures its perfect embodiment of the struggle to seize culture and society at moments of profound social change.
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Was This Man a Genius?

Talks with Andy Kaufman

Author: Julie Hecht

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156247

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Andy Kaufman defied explanation. Between 1978 and 1979, acclaimed novelist and New Yorker short story writer Julie Hecht attempted to arrange an interview with him, hoping to discover how he came to do what he did. The one-hour interview turned into innumerable surreal meetings and phone conversations with her subject; but she couldn't always tell when his act was on. Whether driving recklessly on icy roads or drawing the author unawares into his schemes and Dada-esque pranks on unsuspecting waiters and college students, Andy Kaufman never seemed to separate himself from his stage personality -- or personalities. Was This Man a Genius? is the culmination of a series of bizarre, frequently hilarious meetings. In describing them, Hecht, herself a master of wit and observation, illuminates the enigma of Andy Kaufman's work and life.
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