The New Humor in the Progressive Era

Americanization and the Vaudeville Comedian

  • Authors
  • Rick┬áDesRochers

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Rick DesRochers
    Pages 29-52
  3. Rick DesRochers
    Pages 53-75
  4. Rick DesRochers
    Pages 77-108
  5. Rick DesRochers
    Pages 139-142
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 143-187

About this book


By tracing the effects of unprecedented immigration, the advent of the new woman, and the little-known vaudeville careers of performers like the Elinore Sisters, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers, DesRochers examines the relation between comedic vaudeville acts and progressive reformers as they fought over the new definition of "Americanness."


America humour Karl Marx Marx media migration progressive reform Vaudeville

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