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Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, and American Television

Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, and American Television

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In Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, and American Television, Nick Marx examines some of the genre's most memorable--and controversial--moments from the early days of television to the contemporary line-up. Through explorations of sketches from well-known shows such as Saturday Night Live, The State, Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, and more, Marx argues that the genre has served as a battleground for the struggle between comedians who are pushing the limits of what is possible on television and network executives who are more mindful of the financial bottom line. Whether creating new catchphrases or transgressing cultural taboos, sketch comedies give voice to marginalized performers and audiences, providing comedians and viewers opportunities to test their own ideas about their place in society, while simultaneously echoing mainstream cultural trends. The result, Marx suggests, is a hilarious and flexible form of identity play unlike anything else in American popular culture and media.



Author: Nick Marx
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 11/01/2019
Pages: 180
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.10w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780253044167

Review Citation(s):
Choice 04/01/2021

About the Author

Nick Marx is Associate Professor of Media and Visual Culture in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. He is editor (with Matt Sienkiewicz and Ron Becker) of Saturday Night Live and American TV and (with Matt Sienkiewicz) The Comedy Studies Reader.


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