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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Saturday Night Live, Hollywood Comedy, and American Culture sheds new light on the ways in which Saturday Night Live s confrontational, boundary-pushing approach spilled over into film production, contributing to some of the biggest hits in Hollywood history, such as National Lampoon s Animal House, Ghostbusters, and Beverly Hills Cop. Jim Whalley also considers how SNL has adapted to meet the needs of subsequent generations, launching the film careers of Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and others in the process. Supported by extensive archival research, some of Hollywood s most popular comedians are placed into the contexts of film and television comic traditions and social and cultural trends in American life.
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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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Hollywood and the Baby Boom

A Social History

Author: James Russell,Jim Whalley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501331523

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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Comedy

A Geographic and Historical Guide

Author: Maurice Charney

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313327155

Category: Comedy

Page: 663

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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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Jokelopedia

The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever!

Author: Eva Blank,Alison Benjamin,Rosanne Green,Ilana Weitzman,Lisa Sparks

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 0761176845

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 288

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It’s the mother of all kids’ joke books—an all-encompassing, gut-busting, and bestselling collection of more than 1,700 jokes, tongue-twisters, riddles, and puns for all occasions. Here are 61 elephant jokes, including: What did the elephant say when he walked into the post office? / Ouch! Dozens of knock-knock jokes, like: Knock-knock. / Who’s there? / Doris. / Doris who? / Doris locked. That’s why I knocked! Plus teacher jokes and creature jokes, doctor jokes and robber jokes, food jokes, gross jokes, why-did-the-chicken-cross-the-road jokes, and name-game jokes: What do you call a man in a tiger’s cage? / Claude. And for all aspiring comedians, there are joke-telling pointers and tips, funny facts, and spotlights on comic TV shows, books, and actors, from Steve Carell to Tina Fey to SpongeBob Squarepants. It’s the ultimate gift for the incurable jokester.
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Demographic Vistas

Television in American Culture

Author: David Marc

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780812279078

Category: Authors, Swiss

Page: 214

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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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Mel Brooks in the Cultural Industries

Author: Alex Symons

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748664505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Alex Symons takes a unique, artist-focused approach in order to systematically identify the range of Brooks's adaptation strategies across the Hollywood film, Broadway theatre and American television industries.
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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: 5051

Contains primary source material.
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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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Hollywood

Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies

Author: Thomas Schatz

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415281324

Category: Motion picture industry

Page: 393

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'Hollywood' as a concept applies variously to a particular film style, a factory-based mode of film production, a cartel of powerful media institutions and a national (and increasingly global) 'way of seeing'. It is a complex social, cultural and industrial phenomenon and is arguably the single most important site of cultural production over the past century.This collection brings together journal articles, published essays, book chapters and excerpts which explore Hollywood as a social, economic, industrial, aesthetic and political force, and as a complex historical entity.
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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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Quality TV

Contemporary American Television and Beyond

Author: Janet McCabe,Kim Akass

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 085773170X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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In his seminal book'Television’s Second Golden Age', Robert Thompson described quality TV as ‘best defined by what it is not’: ‘it is not “regular” TV’. Audacious maybe, but his statement renewed debate on the meaning of this highly contentious term. Dealing primarily with the post-1996 era shaped by digital technologies and defined by consumer choice and brand marketing, this book brings together leading scholars, established journalists and experienced broadcasters working in the field of contemporary television to debate what we currently mean by quality TV. _x000D_ They go deep into contemporary American television fictions, from 'The Sopranos' and 'The West Wing', to 'CSI' and 'Lost' - innovative, sometimes controversial, always compelling dramas, which one scholar has described as 'now better than the movies!' But how do we understand the emergence of these kinds of fiction? Are they genuinely new? What does quality tv have to tell us about the state of today's television market? And is this a new Golden Age of quality TV? Original, often polemic, each chapter proposes new ways of thinking about and defining quality TV. There is a foreword from Robert Thompson, and heated dialogue between British and US television critics. Also included - and a great coup - are interviews with W. Snuffy Walden (scored 'The West Wing' among others) and with David Chase ('The Sopranos' creator). 'Quality TV' provides throughout groundbreaking and innovative theoretical and critical approaches to studying television and for understanding the current - and future - TV landscape. _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_
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Men to Boys

The Making of Modern Immaturity

Author: Gary Cross

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231513119

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Adam Sandler movies, HBO's Entourage, and such magazines as Maxim and FHM all trade in and appeal to one character the modern boy-man. Addicted to video games, comic books, extreme sports, and dressing down, the boy-man would rather devote an afternoon to Grand Theft Auto than plan his next career move. He would rather prolong the hedonistic pleasures of youth than embrace the self-sacrificing demands of adulthood. When did maturity become the ultimate taboo? Men have gone from idolizing Cary Grant to aping Hugh Grant, shunning marriage and responsibility well into their twenties and thirties. Gary Cross, renowned cultural historian, identifies the boy-man and his habits, examining the attitudes and practices of three generations to make sense of this gradual but profound shift in American masculinity. Cross matches the rise of the American boy-man to trends in twentieth-century advertising, popular culture, and consumerism, and he locates the roots of our present crisis in the vague call for a new model of leadership that, ultimately, failed to offer a better concept of maturity. Cross does not blame the young or glorify the past. He finds that men of the "Greatest Generation" might have embraced their role as providers but were confused by the contradictions and expectations of modern fatherhood. Their uncertainty gave birth to the Beats and men who indulged in childhood hobbies and boyish sports. Rather than fashion a new manhood, baby-boomers held onto their youth and, when that was gone, embraced Viagra. Without mature role models to emulate or rebel against, Generation X turned to cynicism and sensual intensity, and the media fed on this longing, transforming a life stage into a highly desirable lifestyle. Arguing that contemporary American culture undermines both conservative ideals of male maturity and the liberal values of community and responsibility, Cross concludes with a proposal for a modern marriage of personal desire and ethical adulthood.
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Futile and Stupid Gesture

How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever

Author: Josh Karp

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1569762279

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 434

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Now a Netflix original film starring Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, and Emmy Rossum. Comic genius Doug Kenney cofounded National Lampoon, cowrote Animal House and Caddyshack, and changed the face of American comedy before mysteriously falling to his death at the age of 33. This is the first-ever biography of Kenney--the heart and soul of National Lampoon—reconstructing the history of that magazine as it redefined American humor, complete with all its brilliant and eccentric characters. Filled with vivid stories from New York, Harvard Yard, Hollywood, and Middle America, this chronicle shares how the magazine spawned a comedy revolution with the radio shows, stage productions, and film projects that launched the careers of John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner, while inspiring Saturday Night Live and everything else funny that's happened since 1970. Based on more than 130 interviews conducted with key players including Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, P. J. O'Rourke, John Landis, and others and boasting behind-the-scenes stories of how Animal House and Caddyshack were made, this book helps capture the nostalgia, humor, and enduring legacy that Doug Kenney instilled in National Lampoon--America's greatest humor magazine.
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The Comedy Studies Reader

Author: Nick Marx,Matt Sienkiewicz

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477316000

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 310

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From classical Hollywood film comedies to sitcoms, recent political satire, and the developing world of online comedy culture, comedy has been a mainstay of the American media landscape for decades. Recognizing that scholars and students need an authoritative collection of comedy studies that gathers both foundational and cutting-edge work, Nick Marx and Matt Sienkiewicz have assembled The Comedy Studies Reader. This anthology brings together classic articles, more recent works, and original essays that consider a variety of themes and approaches for studying comedic media—the carnivalesque, comedy mechanics and absurdity, psychoanalysis, irony, genre, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and nation and globalization. The authors range from iconic theorists, such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Sigmund Freud, and Linda Hutcheon, to the leading senior and emerging scholars of today. As a whole, the volume traces two parallel trends in the evolution of the field—first, comedy’s development into myriad subgenres, formats, and discourses, a tendency that has led many popular commentators to characterize the present as a “comedy zeitgeist”; and second, comedy studies’ new focus on the ways in which comedy increasingly circulates in “serious” discursive realms, including politics, economics, race, gender, and cultural power.
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Richard Pryor

The Life and Legacy of a "crazy" Black Man

Author: Audrey T. McCluskey

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253220114

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 293

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A tribute to the irreverent and complex artistry of a 20th-century comic genius
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Chris Farley 161 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about Chris Farley

Author: Ashley Saunders

Publisher: Emereo Publishing

ISBN: 1488585504

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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A new, exciting approach to Chris Farley. This book is your ultimate resource for Chris Farley. Here you will find the most up-to-date 161 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Chris Farley's Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: 1995 in film - R-Z, The Cable Guy - Production, Bad Boys of SNL - Cast, Billy Madison - Cast, MTV Movie Awards 1996 - Best Comedic Performance, The Chris Farley Show - Jeff Daniels, Judd Nelson - 1990s, Carnie Wilson - Weight problems, Dana Carvey - Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey - Saturday Night Live (1997–2006), Irish Americans - Contributions to American culture and sport, Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed by cast member) - Chris Farley, Lunch lady - Lunch ladies in popular culture, Dirty Work (1998 film) - Plot, Bad Boys of SNL - 1994–1995 season, Bad Boys of SNL - New cast members for the 1990–1991 season, Tommy Boy (film) - Plot, John Belushi - Tributes and legacy, Physical comedy, Superstar (Delaney and Bonnie song) - Carpenters version, Dan Peters, Dirty Work (1998 film) - Cast, The Second City - The Second City Training Center, Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart - Notable alumni, Tommy Boy (film) - Soundtrack, E! True Hollywood Story - Entertainers, Laraine Newman - Career, Street Fighting Man - Legacy, Wayne's World 2 - Main Characters, Gap Girls, Rob Schneider - Saturday Night Live, Irish American - Contributions to American culture and sport, Matt Foley - List of SNL episodes featured, Bob Odenkirk - Saturday Night Live: 1987–1991, Saturday Night Live TV show sketches, and much more...
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