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Author Davis, Andrew, 1952-

Title Baggy pants comedy : burlesque and the oral tradition / Andrew Davis.

Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2011.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  792.760973 DAVI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 288 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Series Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-269) and index.
Summary "Baggy Pants Comedy takes readers inside the burlesque houses of Depression-era America to explore the role of comedy in a show remembered mostly for strip-tease. It examines how burlesque comics, straightmen, and talking women approached the craft of comedy, working in a genre that relied not on scripts but on a remembered tradition of comedy bits that circulated orally. The book opens a long-neglected area of American folklore, presenting dozens of fondly-remembered routines like "Who's On First" and "Niagara Falls (Slowly I Turned)," as well as long-forgotten classics in print for the first time"--
Subject Burlesque (Theater) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Comedy sketches -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Stand-up comedy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780230116795 (hbk.)