Laughter in the Living Room: Television Comedy and the American Home Audience

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Peter Lang, 2005 - Performing Arts - 241 pages
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For more than fifty years some very funny people have been entering American homes through television's big picture window. From Lucy and Uncle Miltie, to Archie Bunker and Marge Simpson, certain comic stars of television history have become not just cultural icons, but friends of the family. This comprehensive study of the most successful television comedies - including domestic sitcoms, workplace comedies, variety shows, late-night comedy, animated comedy, and more - reveals that, unlike the comedy found in film, on stage, in comedy clubs and concert halls, television's presentation of comic characters and stories must negotiate a relationship with the more privatized and value-laden environment of each American home that it enters.
 

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Contents

They Also Serve Who Only Sit and Watch
1
A Night on the Townat Home?
19
Survival of the Nicest
34
As Long as We Both Shall Laugh
53
Ozzie Harriet and Rock Roll
72
Looking Out the Picture Window
86
Keeping It in the Family
103
Theres No Place Like Work
116
Chapter1o MovinOn Up?
155
Chaptern Fun City
177
Chapter12 Back to the Drawing Board
191
Chapter13 Breaking and Entering
205
Notes
217
Bibliography
229
Index
235
Copyright

Playtime for the Grownups
135

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About the author (2005)

The Author: Michael V. Tueth is Associate Professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University. He received his doctorate in American Studies from New York University and a master’s degree in divinity from Saint Louis University. Tueth has taught at Regis University in Denver, Georgetown University, Santa Clara University, Loyola University of Chicago, and the University of Maryland. He has published numerous articles and conducted workshops and seminars on comedy and its relationship to social change and religious attitudes.

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