The Strange Case of the Stand-Up Special

Israeli Journal for Humor Research (2018)
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Stand-up specials seem to resemble news reporting and documentary film in that they appear prima facie to be mere documentation of an event designed to give viewers the sense of what happened at a place at a time. Closer examination, however, throws doubt upon this transparency claim and it is argued that filmic realism is not the proper lens through which to understand stand-up specials, that they represent a more artistic medium in which the director of the special needs to be seen as an artist along with the comedian.



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Frank Boardman
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Evaluating Stand‐Up Specials.Frank Boardman - 2020 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78 (1):57-64.
What Is a Stand Up Special?Frank Boardman - 2021 - Aesthetic Investigations 5 (1):51-63.

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