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Saturday Night Live, Hollywood Comedy, and American Culture

Saturday Night Live, Hollywood Comedy, and American Culture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 023010794X
Publisher: Springer
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Saturday Night Live, Hollywood Comedy, and American Culture by Book Resume:

Saturday Night Live, Hollywood Comedy, and American Culture sheds new light on the ways in which Saturday Night Live s confrontational, boundary-pushing approach spilled over into film production, contributing to some of the biggest hits in Hollywood history, such as National Lampoon s Animal House, Ghostbusters, and Beverly Hills Cop. Jim Whalley also considers how SNL has adapted to meet the needs of subsequent generations, launching the film careers of Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and others in the process. Supported by extensive archival research, some of Hollywood s most popular comedians are placed into the contexts of film and television comic traditions and social and cultural trends in American life.

Homo Ludens as a Comic Character in Selected American Films

Homo Ludens as a Comic Character in Selected American Films [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319479679
Author: Artur Skweres
Publisher: Springer
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Homo Ludens as a Comic Character in Selected American Films by Artur Skweres Book Resume:

This book reveals the hitherto critically disregarded ludic elements in popular American comedy films, building on and expanding the theories developed by Johan Huizinga in his classic study Homo Ludens (1938) and Roger Caillois in Les jeux et les hommes (1958). To address the lack of attention paid to the play principle in film comedy studies, this book focuses exclusively on the elements typical of play that can be found in movies. It introduces two new categories describing play: óneiros and pragma, which allow analysis of how play in comedies is influenced by the relations between the player and non-players. The text is supplemented by the use of the author’s drawings, which, because of their analytical and selective nature, are used as a tool for visual study. The play principle has a long tradition in American humor and the films examined here were chosen for their popularity and wide appeal, often acting as vehicles for Hollywood stars (e.g. Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Goldie Hawn, Mike Myers, Jackie Chan or Chris Tucker). The actors’ status allowed the filmmakers to construct situations in which the protagonists distanced themselves from the fictional situation. It is argued that the playful detachment from reality, typifying many of the fictional characters portrayed by actors with star status, is characteristic of the play principle in film. Another major consideration is the hotly debated notion of the accomplishment of goals in playful activities, and the book strongly supports the position that in narratives, play can (but does not have to) yield important results. The introduction of the categories of óneiros and pragma in play serves to highlight the complex relation between playfulness and practicality in the films discussed. Building on a comprehensive analysis of the ludic elements in selected popular American comedies, the book makes an important contribution to film studies, providing a unique perspective through its focus on the concept of homo ludens as a comic hero.

Hollywood and the Baby Boom

Hollywood and the Baby Boom [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1501331507
Author: James Russell,Jim Whalley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Hollywood and the Baby Boom by James Russell,Jim Whalley Book Resume:

Between 1946 and 1964 seventy-five million babies were born, dwarfing the generations that preceded and succeeded them. At each stage of its life-cycle, the baby boom's great size has dictated the terms of national policy and public debate. While aspects of this history are well-documented, the relationship between the baby boom and Hollywood has never been explored. And yet, for almost 40 years, baby boomers made up the majority of Hollywood's audience, and since the 1970s, boomers have dominated movie production. Hollywood and the Baby Boom weaves together interviews with leading filmmakers, archival research and the memories of hundreds of ordinary filmgoers to tell the full story of Hollywood's relationship with the boomers for the first time. The authors demonstrate the profound influence of the boomers on the ways that movies were made, seen and understood since the 1950s. The result is a compelling new account that draws upon an unprecedented range of sources, and offers new insights into the history of American movies.

Saturday Night Live FAQ

Saturday Night Live FAQ [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1480366862
Author: Stephen Tropiano
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Screen Comedy and Online Audiences

Screen Comedy and Online Audiences [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317672798
Author: Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore
Publisher: Routledge
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Screen Comedy and Online Audiences by Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore Book Resume:

The question of why we laugh (or don't laugh) has intrigued scholars since antiquity. This book contributes to that debate by exploring how we evaluate screen comedy. What kinds of criteria do we use to judge films and TV shows that are meant to be funny? And what might that have to do with our social and cultural backgrounds, or with wider cultural ideas about film, TV, comedy, quality and entertainment? The book examines these questions through a study of audience responses posted to online facilities such as Twitter, Facebook, review sites, blogs and message boards. Bore’s analysis of these responses considers a broad range of issues, including how audiences perceive the idea of "national" comedy; what they think of female comedians; how they evaluate romcoms, sitcoms and web comedy; what they think is acceptable to joke about; what comedy fans get excited about; how fans interact with star comedians; and what comedy viewers really despise. The book demonstrates some of the ways in which we can adapt theories of humour and comedy to examine the practices of contemporary screen audiences, while offering new insights into how they negotiate the opportunities and constrictions of different online facilities to share their views and experiences.

A Companion to Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter

A Companion to Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1118907582
Author: Scott Kaufman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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A Companion to Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter by Scott Kaufman Book Resume:

With 30 historiographical essays by established and rising scholars, this Companion is a comprehensive picture of the presidencies and legacies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Examines important national and international events during the 1970s, as well as presidential initiatives, crises, and legislation Discusses the biography of each man before entering the White House, his legacy and work after leaving office, and the lives of Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, and their families Covers key themes and issues, including Watergate and the pardon of Richard Nixon, the Vietnam War, neoconservatism and the rise of the New Right, and the Iran hostage crisis Incorporates presidential, diplomatic, military, economic, social, and cultural history Uses the most recent research and newly released documents from the two Presidential Libraries and the State Department

Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture [4 volumes]

Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture [4 volumes] [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0313393486
Author: Jacqueline Edmondson Ph.D.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
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Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture [4 volumes] by Jacqueline Edmondson Ph.D. Book Resume:

A fascinating exploration of the relationship between American culture and music as defined by musicians, scholars, and critics from around the world.

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1420511726
Author: Stephanie Watson
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
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Amy Poehler by Stephanie Watson Book Resume:

Amy Poehler won the hearts of television watchers nationwide with her portrayal of public servant Leslie Knope in the hit comedy Parks and Recreation, which ran on NBC from 2009 to 2015. Throughout her prolific career, Poehler has shown incredible range, from her memorable role as the host of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live to her producer credits on shows such as Broad City. This informative edition covers the life and career of this acclaimed actress and comedian. The book follows Poehler from childhood to her struggling comedic career to her landing a role on Saturday Night Live. It also deals with Poehler's personal life, as well as her highly acclaimed show Parks and Recreation.

Cult Film Stardom

Cult Film Stardom [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 113729177X
Author: K. Egan,S. Thomas
Publisher: Springer
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Cult Film Stardom by K. Egan,S. Thomas Book Resume:

The term 'cult film star' has been employed in popular journalistic writing for the last 25 years, but what makes cult stars distinct from other film stars has rarely been addressed. This collection explores the processes through which film stars/actors become associated with the cult label, from Bill Murray to Ruth Gordon and Ingrid Pitt.

Political Satire, Postmodern Reality, and the Trump Presidency

Political Satire, Postmodern Reality, and the Trump Presidency [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1498592759
Author: Mehnaaz Momen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Political Satire, Postmodern Reality, and the Trump Presidency by Mehnaaz Momen Book Resume:

This book is an in-depth analysis of the phenomenon of the takeover of politics by entertainment. The author looks for answers in the parallel evolution of satire, the media, and politics, and how each has influenced the other and the implications of this interconnectedness for political discourse.

Hollywood's White House

Hollywood's White House [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0813127920
Author: Peter C. Rollins,John E. O'Connor
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
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Hollywood's White House by Peter C. Rollins,John E. O'Connor Book Resume:

" Winner of the 2003 Ray and Pat Browne Book Award, given by the Popular Culture Association The contributors to Hollywood’s White House examine the historical accuracy of these presidential depictions, illuminate their influence, and uncover how they reflect the concerns of their times and the social and political visions of the filmmakers. The volume, which includes a comprehensive filmography and a bibliography, is ideal for historians and film enthusiasts.

The Comedy Studies Reader

The Comedy Studies Reader [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1477316027
Author: Nick Marx,Matt Sienkiewicz
Publisher: University of Texas Press
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The Comedy Studies Reader by Nick Marx,Matt Sienkiewicz Book Resume:

From classical Hollywood film comedies to sitcoms, recent political satire, and the developing world of online comedy culture, comedy has been a mainstay of the American media landscape for decades. Recognizing that scholars and students need an authoritative collection of comedy studies that gathers both foundational and cutting-edge work, Nick Marx and Matt Sienkiewicz have assembled The Comedy Studies Reader. This anthology brings together classic articles, more recent works, and original essays that consider a variety of themes and approaches for studying comedic media—the carnivalesque, comedy mechanics and absurdity, psychoanalysis, irony, genre, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and nation and globalization. The authors range from iconic theorists, such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Sigmund Freud, and Linda Hutcheon, to the leading senior and emerging scholars of today. As a whole, the volume traces two parallel trends in the evolution of the field—first, comedy’s development into myriad subgenres, formats, and discourses, a tendency that has led many popular commentators to characterize the present as a “comedy zeitgeist”; and second, comedy studies’ new focus on the ways in which comedy increasingly circulates in “serious” discursive realms, including politics, economics, race, gender, and cultural power.

Postwar America

Postwar America [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317462351
Author: James Ciment
Publisher: Routledge
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Postwar America by James Ciment Book Resume:

From the outbreak of the Cold War to the rise of the United States as the last remaining superpower, the years following World War II were filled with momentous events and rapid change. Diplomatically, economically, politically, and culturally, the United States became a major influence around the globe. On the domestic front, this period witnessed some of the most turbulent and prosperous years in American history. "Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History" provides detailed coverage of all the remarkable developments within the United States during this period, as well as their dramatic impact on the rest of the world. A-Z entries address specific persons, groups, concepts, events, geographical locations, organizations, and cultural and technological phenomena. Sidebars highlight primary source materials, items of special interest, statistical data, and other information; and Cultural Landmark entries chronologically detail the music, literature, arts, and cultural history of the era. Bibliographies covering literature from the postwar era and about the era are also included, as are illustrations and specialized indexes.

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1467747955
Author: Arie Kaplan
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
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Saturday Night Live by Arie Kaplan Book Resume:

In 1975 Saturday Night Live came out of the gate swinging, with a daring, bold, and rebellious vibe that was new to television back then. With a cast of comedic actors known as the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, television producer Lorne Michaels launched a style of live television comedy that appealed specifically to young viewers with a taste for questioning authority—and that style stood the test of time. From hilarious characters—the Conehead family, Wayne Campbell, the Spartan cheerleaders, the Target Lady, and Stefon—to impressions of US presidents and politicians performed with spot-on precision, the late-night comedy show has shaped American comedy for four decades. With millions of loyal fans across a wide range of viewership demographics, Saturday Night Live has made a significant impact on American culture. It introduced catchphrases such as "Well, isn’t that special?" and "More cowbell!" It influenced public opinion through satirical political sketches and news commentary. It provided rich material for box office hits such as The Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World. It created megastars out of dozens of comedians. And in the process, the show earned an impressive roster of accolades including thirty-six Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and three Writers Guild of America Awards. It's been ranked as one of the greatest shows of all time and has been inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Discover how the SNL brand of raucous humor has stayed meaningful and fresh over the years and continues to draw audiences today.

African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs [3 volumes]

African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs [3 volumes] [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1440862443
Author: Omari L. Dyson,Judson L. Jeffries Ph.D.,Kevin L. Brooks
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
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African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs [3 volumes] by Omari L. Dyson,Judson L. Jeffries Ph.D.,Kevin L. Brooks Book Resume:

Covering everything from sports to art, religion, music, and entrepreneurship, this book documents the vast array of African American cultural expressions and discusses their impact on the culture of the United States. According to the latest census data, less than 13 percent of the U.S. population identifies as African American; African Americans are still very much a minority group. Yet African American cultural expression and strong influences from African American culture are common across mainstream American culture—in music, the arts, and entertainment; in education and religion; in sports; and in politics and business. African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs covers virtually every aspect of African American cultural expression, addressing subject matter that ranges from how African culture was preserved during slavery hundreds of years ago to the richness and complexity of African American culture in the post-Obama era. The most comprehensive reference work on African American culture to date, the book covers topics such as black contributions to literature and the arts, music and entertainment, religion, and professional sports. It also provides coverage of less-commonly addressed subjects, such as African American fashion practices and beauty culture, the development of jazz music across different eras, and African American business. • Identifies influential aspects of African American culture through entries on topics such as African Americans in sports, in musical genres such as blues, gospel, hip hop, and jazz, and in religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Yoruba • Makes clear the numerous ways African Americans have produced, maintained, and evolved their culture in the United States • Enables readers to truly comprehend what "diversity" is by gaining substantive knowledge of how a particular group of persecuted people has learned to thrive artistically and culturally in the United States

The Simpsons, Satire, and American Culture

The Simpsons, Satire, and American Culture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137027797
Author: M. Henry
Publisher: Springer
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The Simpsons, Satire, and American Culture by M. Henry Book Resume:

How is The Simpsons a satirical artwork engaged with important social, political, and cultural issues? In time for the twenty-fifth anniversary, Henry offers the first comprehensive understanding of the show as a satire and explores the ways in which The Simpsons participates in the so-called "culture war" debates taking place in American society.

African Americans and Popular Culture [3 volumes]

African Americans and Popular Culture [3 volumes] [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0313064083
Author: Todd Boyd
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
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African Americans and Popular Culture [3 volumes] by Todd Boyd Book Resume:

The African American influence on popular culture is among the most sweeping and lasting this country has seen. Despite a history of institutionalized racism, black artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs have had enormous impact on American popular culture. Pioneers such as Oscar Michaeux, Paul Robeson, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Langston Hughes, Bill Bojangles Robinson, and Bessie Smith paved the way for Jackie Robinson, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, and Bill Cosby, who in turn opened the door for Spike Lee, Dave Chappelle, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan. Today, hip hop is the most powerful element of youth culture; white teenagers outnumber blacks as purchasers of rap music; black-themed movies are regularly successful at the box office, and black writers have been anthologized and canonized right alongside white ones. Though there are still many more miles to travel and much to overcome, this three-volume set considers the multifaceted influence of African Americans on popular culture, and sheds new light on the ways in which African American culture has come to be a fundamental and lasting part of America itself. To articulate the momentous impact African American popular culture has had upon the fabric of American society, these three volumes provide analyses from academics and experts across the country. They provide the most reliable, accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive treatment of key topics, works, and themes in African American popular culture for a new generation of readers. The scope of the project is vast, including: popular historical movements like the Harlem Renaissance; the legacy of African American comedy; African Americans and the Olympics; African Americans and rock 'n roll; more contemporary articulations such as hip hop culture and black urban cinema; and much more. One goal of the project is to recuperate histories that have been perhaps forgotten or obscured to mainstream audiences and to demonstrate how African Americans are not only integral to American culture, but how they have always been purveyors of popular culture.

Saturday Night Live & American TV

Saturday Night Live & American TV [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 025301090X
Author: Nick Marx,Matt Sienkiewicz,Ron Becker
Publisher: Indiana University Press
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Saturday Night Live & American TV by Nick Marx,Matt Sienkiewicz,Ron Becker Book Resume:

Thought-provoking and “undeniably interesting” essays on this cultural institution of comedy and what it says about our society (Booklist). Since 1975, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” has greeted late night–TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music. SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of countless comedians, including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Adam Sandler. Week after week, SNL has produced everything from unforgettable parodies to provocative political satire—adapting to changing times decade after decade while staying true to its original vision of performing timely topical humor. With essays that address issues ranging from race and gender to authorship and comedic performance, Saturday Night Live and American TV follows the history of this iconic show, and its place in the shifting social and media landscape of American television.

Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [4 volumes]

Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [4 volumes] [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0313357978
Author: Jessie Carney Smith
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
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Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [4 volumes] by Jessie Carney Smith Book Resume:

This four-volume encyclopedia contains compelling and comprehensive information on African American popular culture that will be valuable to high school students and undergraduates, college instructors, researchers, and general readers. • Contains writings from 100 contributing authors, all identified in a separate listing • Includes a chronology placing pivotal events—such as the beginning of black baseball, the modern Civil Rights Movement, and the Harlem Renaissance—in historical context • Depicts key places, events, and people through photographs as well as words • Provides a list of black radio programs and movies