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Title: From Comedy Targets to Comedy-Makers: Disability and Comedy in Live Performance
Authors: Lockyer, S
Keywords: Disabled comedians;Stand-up comedy;Management and control;Affirming disability
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Citation: Disability and Society, 30 (9), pp. 397-1412 (2015)
Abstract: The stand-up comedy landscape has been transformed in recent years with an increased number of disabled comedians performing. Via semi-structured interviews with disabled comedians, this article provides a thematic analysis of the material and ideological motives, intentions and lived experiences of disabled comedians. Two themes are discussed - comedy management and control; and affirming disability through comedy. These themes are characterised by complexity and contradictions. The article concludes that, although not a straightforward process, stand-up comedy enacted by disabled comedians is potentially a powerful tool through which hegemonic norms around disability can be challenged and renegotiated.
ISSN: 1360-0508
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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