‘A pleasure working with you’: Humour theory and Joan Rivers

Mills, Brett (2011) ‘A pleasure working with you’: Humour theory and Joan Rivers. Comedy Studies, 2 (2). pp. 151-160.

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This article uses humour theory to examine Joan Rivers’ performance in Live at the Apollo. It outlines the three main branches of humour theory (superiority, incongruity and relief) and examines specific comic moments from the performance to show to what uses these theories can be put; in doing so, it foregrounds pleasure, and the relationship between joke-teller and audience, as the key paradigms in such an analysis. It concludes by discussing the similarities and differences between the three theories, and what might be achieved analytically by using them in conjunction with one another.

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: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2013 11:39
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:21
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/40812
DOI: 10.1386/cost.2.2.151_1

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