Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America

Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America

Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America

Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America

Synopsis

Prior to the civil rights movement, comedians performed for audiences that were clearly delineated by race. Black comedians performed for black audiences and white comedians performed for whites. Yet during the past forty-five years, black comics have become progressively more central to mainstream culture. In Laughing Mad, Bambi Haggins looks at how this transition occurred in a variety of media and shows how this integration has paved the way for black comedians and their audiences to affect each other. Rather than presenting biographies of individual performers, Haggins focuses on the ways in which the comic persona is constructed and changes across media, from stand-up, to the small screen, to film. A rigorous analytic analysis, this book interrogates notions of identity, within both the African American community and mainstream popular culture.
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