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A Jew from Nebraska: An Actors Attempt at Stand-up Comedy

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2015
Abstract/Description:
Stand-up comedy has been a major influence on American culture and has given the (")Everyman(") the ability to laugh at ourselves. Stand-up comedians have been performing in nightclubs, bars, clubs, and, most importantly, theatres for the past 60 years. Stand-up comedy can take many forms: a monologue of entertaining incidents that form a story, or a string of one-liners, or a succession of jokes. This performance project and thesis is an examination and an attempt at the art form that we call stand-up comedy. It will answer the question of what is the best approach to writing comedy for an actor finishing his graduate acting program. It will also challenge the idea of simple joke-telling versus storytelling and examine the following question: Can anyone be a standup comedian? A research of the history, an analysis of the practitioners, and training from graduate studio work will support the discovery of a practical approach to writing and performing a stand-up comedy routine.
Title: A Jew from Nebraska: An Actors Attempt at Stand-up Comedy.
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Name(s): Nathan, Jeffrey, Author
Niess, Christopher, Committee Chair
Brotherton, Mark, Committee Member
Helsinger, James, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Stand-up comedy has been a major influence on American culture and has given the (")Everyman(") the ability to laugh at ourselves. Stand-up comedians have been performing in nightclubs, bars, clubs, and, most importantly, theatres for the past 60 years. Stand-up comedy can take many forms: a monologue of entertaining incidents that form a story, or a string of one-liners, or a succession of jokes. This performance project and thesis is an examination and an attempt at the art form that we call stand-up comedy. It will answer the question of what is the best approach to writing comedy for an actor finishing his graduate acting program. It will also challenge the idea of simple joke-telling versus storytelling and examine the following question: Can anyone be a standup comedian? A research of the history, an analysis of the practitioners, and training from graduate studio work will support the discovery of a practical approach to writing and performing a stand-up comedy routine.
Identifier: CFE0006046 (IID), ucf:50978 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-05-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Theatre
Masters
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Subject(s): Comedy -- Stand-up -- Performance -- Original Material -- Acting -- Auditions
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0006046
Restrictions on Access: public 2015-11-15
Host Institution: UCF

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