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The Punk Turn in Comedy

Masks of Anarchy

Benefits

  • Explores the interconnections between comedy and punk studies

  • Focuses on a key moment in the history of comedy, the ‘punk turn’, and its continuing legacy in the way stand-up comedy has developed

  • Undertakes a comparative study of the punk and alternative comedy scene in the UK

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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comedy book series (PSCOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 1-11
  3. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 13-31
  4. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 33-65
  5. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 67-98
  6. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 99-110
  7. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 111-121
  8. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 123-151
  9. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 153-173
  10. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 175-193
  11. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 195-240
  12. Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
    Pages 241-249
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 251-254

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the interconnections between punk and alternative comedy (altcom). It explores how punk’s tendency towards humour and parody influenced the trajectory taken by altcom in the UK, and the punk strategies introduced when altcom sought self-definition against dominant established trends. The Punk Turn in Comedy considers the early promise of punk-comedy convergence in Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s ‘Derek and Clive’, and discusses punk and altcom’s attitudes towards dominant traditions. The chapters demonstrate how punk and altcom sought a direct approach for critique, one that rejected innuendo, while embracing the ‘amateur’ in style and experimenting with audience-performer interaction. Giappone argues that altcom tended to be more consistently politicised than punk, with a renewed emphasis on responsibility. The book is a timely exploration of the ‘punk turn’ in comedy history, and will speak to scholars of both comedy and punk studies. 

Keywords

Alternative comedy altcom politics in comedy irony in comedy punk punk irony parody nostalgia performance critical theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone is Lecturer of English at the University of Malta, and member of the Centre for Critical Thought at the University of Kent, UK. 

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“Punk scholarship and comedy studies offer a wide range of routes into academic enquiry. The relationship between punk, humour and comedy is a largely unexplored area, with rich and exciting potential for research and critical analysis. This fascinating study of the shared influences that informed the evolution of both punk and alternative comedy in the late 1970s and early 1980s is a timely and important contribution to an evolving and expanding field.” (Dr Russ Bestley, London College of Communication, UK)