Person, Persona, and Act: The Dark and Light Sides of George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams

  title={Person, Persona, and Act: The Dark and Light Sides of George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams},
  author={Eric Shouse},
The dark side of stand-up comedy can take many forms. This chapter investigates the dark and light sides of George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams. Shouse reflects upon how the personal lives, personae, and stage acts of these iconic stand-up comics made each a tragicomic figure, but for entirely different reasons. Reading the biographies of Carlin, Pryor, and Williams against their personae and stage acts raises important questions about the nature of the oftentimes dark “truths… 


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