A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to be There Shaun May

ISBN: 9781472580436

Published: December 17th 2015

Hardcover

224 pages


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A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to be There  by  Shaun May

A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to be There by Shaun May
December 17th 2015 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9781472580436 | 3.55 Mb

As far as we know, only human beings have a sense of humour – although chimps might laugh when tickled, and dogs respond similarly in play, Seth McFarlanes fan-base is comprised exclusively of humans. Whilst animals and robots might feature asMoreAs far as we know, only human beings have a sense of humour – although chimps might laugh when tickled, and dogs respond similarly in play, Seth McFarlanes fan-base is comprised exclusively of humans.

Whilst animals and robots might feature as prominent characters in our favourite comic movies, shows and stand-up routines, we have no reason to suspect that their real-life brethren get the joke.Drawing on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Shaun May attempts to address this issue – suggesting that there is something distinctive about human beings which grounds our ability to make and comprehend jokes. Guiding the reader through a range of examples, including the films of Charlie Chaplin, the stand-up of Francesca Martinez, the TV show Family Guy and Samuel Becketts Endgame, he demonstrates that in order to get the joke you have to be there.



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