Behind the Laughs: Community and Inequality in Comedy

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Comedy is a brutal business. When comedians define success, they don't talk about money-they talk about not quitting. They work in a business where even big names work for free, and the inequalities of race, class, and gender create real barriers. But they also work in a business where people still believe that hard work and talent lead to the big time. How do people working in comedy sustain these contradictions and keep laughing? In Behind the Laughs, Michael P. Jeffries brings readers into the world of comedy to reveal ...

Behind the Laughs: Community and Inequality in Comedy 2017, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto

ISBN-13: 9781503602908

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Behind the Laughs: Community and Inequality in Comedy 2017, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto

ISBN-13: 9780804798082

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