Laugh through it: Assembling difference in an American stand-up comedy club

  title={Laugh through it: Assembling difference in an American stand-up comedy club},
  author={James M. Thomas},
  pages={166 - 186}
Through an examination of a Midwestern professional comedy club, this article theorizes stand-up comedy as part of the broader affective-cultural assemblage that is nightlife entertainment. Using the Deleuzian notion of assemblage, this analysis builds on poststructural accounts of the dynamic and transient properties of culture, and the relationship between space, culture, and affect. As a specific affective-cultural assemblage, stand-up comedy operates as both constrainer and enabler of… Expand
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