The Laughing Stalk: Live Comedy and Its Audiences

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“An important work that should influence the field of humor studies.” – Studies in American Humor
I edited this collection of writing that analyses the dynamics of audience behavior. With contributions by leading scholars, writers, and comedians, the essays consider the practice and reception of live comedy performance, including cultural and historical variations in comedy audience conduct, the reception of “low” versus “high” comedy, and the spread of affect in a crowd.