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|Title:||From Comedy Targets to Comedy-Makers: Disability and Comedy in Live Performance|
|Keywords:||Disabled comedians;Stand-up comedy;Management and control;Affirming disability|
|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.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers|
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