Taboo Comedy

Television and Controversial Humour

  • Chiara Bucaria
  • Luca Barra

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Chiara Bucaria, Luca Barra
    Pages 1-18
  3. Controversial Humour in Comedy and Drama Series

  4. Controversial Humour in Variety Shows, Commercials and Factual Programming

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-238

About this book


The essays in this collection explore taboo and controversial humour in traditional scripted (sitcoms and other comedy series, animated series) and non-scripted forms (stand-up comedy, factual and reality shows, and advertising) both on cable and network television.  Whilst the focus is predominantly on the US and UK, the contributors also address more general and global issues and different contexts of reception, in an attempt to look at this kind of comedy from different perspectives. Over the last few decades, taboo comedy has become a staple of television programming, thus raising issues concerning its functions and appropriateness, and making it an extremely relevant subject for those interested in how both humour and television work. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Chiara Bucaria
    • 1
  • Luca Barra
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Bologna BolognaItaly
  2. 2.University of BolognaBolognaItaly

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