The Fine Line between Stupid and Clever: An Introduction

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


Mockumentary Comedy begins with a chapter that puts forward the view that comedy has been neglected as a key mode of mockumentary expression in existing scholarship, and that definitions of what constitutes a mockumentary text appear increasingly narrow as the form continues to evolve. This chapter positions the book within the existing critical field and suggests that by studying comedy, and particularly the comic performance of both actors and of the stylistic features of the documentary, mockumentary comedy makes visible the constructed aspects of non-fiction forms of audio-visual media, and the performances of public figures in everyday life. The case is also made for focusing on the rock star and the politician as case studies elsewhere in the book.


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  • Richard Wallace
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  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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