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NO LEG TO STAND ON: DIFFERENCES IN THE STAND-UP COMEDY MATERIAL OF SUCCESSFUL MALE AND FEMALE COMEDIANS

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Material Information

Title:
NO LEG TO STAND ON: DIFFERENCES IN THE STAND-UP COMEDY MATERIAL OF SUCCESSFUL MALE AND FEMALE COMEDIANS
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Musheyev, Juliana
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Social Sciences
Area of Concentration:
Sociology
Faculty Sponsor:
Hernandez, Sarah

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
There is a scarcity of high-earning and successful female stand-up comedians performing today, and a substantial amount of popular and academic literature attempting to explore why that is. This is particularly problematic because comedy is a powerful tool used to influence and challenge social norms. You may hear people say that they don’t particularly like “female comedy” but there is very little literature on how exactly female comedians are different from their male counterparts. This study examines the differences within the stand-up comedy material of five successful male comedians and five successful female comedians, selected on the basis of social media presence. Furthermore, it provides explanations, guided by existing literature, for why the gendered differences exist. Through a content analysis of each comedian’s latest comedy special, differences in the topics, targets, types of humor, and types of comedic roles used in the material are identified. The findings suggest that the gender differences can be explained by the influence of the larger social structure on gender power dynamics. Authority and possession of a legitimate perspective is needed in order to successfully perform comedy. Female comedians are perceived as having less authority and a having a marginal perspective, and it is therefore less acceptable that they challenge or influence social norms.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Juliana Musheyev
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Hernandez, Sarah

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Resource Identifier:
Classification:
S.T. 2014 M8
System ID:
AA00024778:00001

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