Being Rob Brydon: Performing the self in comedy

Mills, Brett (2010) Being Rob Brydon: Performing the self in comedy. Celebrity Studies, 1 (2). pp. 190-202. ISSN 1939-2400

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Through analysis of the writer, actor and comedian Rob Brydon, this paper aims to examine the performative role afforded to the comedian. The paper argues that the comedian occupies a space which, while drawing on representational processes similar to those for stars and celebrities is, in fact, of a sort all of its own. It is suggested that the fact that comedians can perform as themselves – even in texts which are quite clearly signalled as fiction – means that versions of themselves can multiply across texts, resulting in a version of the self which, while seemingly repeatedly confessional, may instead be nothing more than a performance. In showing how versions of Brydon recur across a range of texts and genres this article demonstrates the complexity of comic performance, and suggests that the specificities of comedy offer a ripe site for the field of celebrity studies.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: Rowena Burgess
Date Deposited: 23 May 2011 14:39
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2023 11:30
DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2010.482283

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