A Comedian and a Fascist Walk into Freud's Bar: On the Mass Character of Stand‐Up Comedy

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78 (4):525-534 (2020)
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This article explores the psychoanalytic points of commonality between stand‐up comedy shows and fascist rallies, arguing that both are concerned with the creation of a “mass” audience. The article explores the political significance of this analogy by arguing that while stand‐up shows are not as regressive as fascist rallies, their “mass” character does run counter to any political aspirations they may have toward the end of critical consciousness raising.



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