Conclusion: Widening the Theoretical Basis for Assessing Stand-Up Politics
Assessments of alternative comedy’s political efficacy and integrity have sometimes shown a preoccupation with class. While this has led to some fair assessments of alternative comedy’s successes and failures in terms of promoting class equality, it has also meant that some of its other political functions and successes have been ignored. Both within and outside comedy, the methods and priorities of political resistance are shifting. This concluding chapter argues that alternative comedy is best understood with reference to these new political paradigms. The argument is elaborated through a case study of the Alternative Reality Tour as an example of Saul Newman’s Postanarchism in practice.
KeywordsPostanarchism Identity politics Alternative Reality Tour Josie Long
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