Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

...Thanks to the comics and folks in the industry who graciously volunteered hours of their time, enduring interviews, e‑mails, and phone calls for years. Special thanks to the comics serving as case studies: Micia Mosely, Robin Tyler, and Hari Kondabolu. You...

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Introduction. The Laughscape of American Humor

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pp. 1-15

...It’s just a joke. Come on, I was only joking! Geez, why can’t you take a joke? Likely, you have heard this dozens of times. It is a statement most commonly dispensed when the unlucky butt of the joke offers protestations. Some of the most hateful vitriol passes...

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1 Making Connections: Building Cultural Citizenship through Charged Humor

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pp. 16-35

...at different periods in time by different people. A property-owning White man in the early nineteenth century had a different experience of citizenship than did an enslaved African American woman. Today, a US naturalized Trinidadian transgender man will have...

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2 Twentieth-Century Stand-Up: A History of Charged Humor

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pp. 36-66

...pictorials—while also performing frequently and becoming increasingly involved in the African American civil rights movement. The jokes opening the chapter are not an aberration from his traditional material; they are reflective of the style...

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3 Laughing into the New Millennium

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pp. 67-105

...opinions toward atheists and found that they are among the least trusted of people and thought to have little moral grounding. Yet another common misperception is that atheists...

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4 When Women Perform Charged Humor: The (Gendered) Politics of Consumption

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pp. 106-136

...Male humor prefers the laugh to be at someone’s expense, and understands that life is quite possibly a joke to begin with—and often a joke in extremely poor taste. . . . Whereas women, bless their tender hearts, would prefer that life be fair, and even sweet, rather...

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5 Robin Tyler: Still “Working the Crowd”

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pp. 137-168

...limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman? What kinds of rights will we have if we are traveling and some calamity befalls us in one of those states or abroad? We still...

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6 Micia Mosely: Humor out of the Mouths of Babes

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pp. 169-195

...protagonists, and heroines in television, film, theater, radio, or elsewhere? Creating representations that make Black lesbian subjectivities visible is a key goal in Micia Mosely’s body...

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7 Hari Kondabolu: Performing in the Age of Modern-Day Minstrelsy

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pp. 196-230

...everyone could recognize: inaccurate generalizations about himself and other groups. Audiences loved it. Feeling disingenuous and recognizing the potential damage wreaked by perpetuating these untruths...

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Conclusion. How to Avoid the Last Laugh

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pp. 231-244

...nothing of Daniel Tosh. To maintain the anonymity of the women, the events of the evening were recounted in first person on a friend’s blog on Tumblr, a social media site hosting millions...

Notes

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pp. 245-268

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Charged Comic Compendium

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pp. 269-336

...American actor and comedian, Ahmed moved to Hollywood at nineteen years old to pursue his career. He was the winner of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for ethnic comedy at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, in 2004...

Index

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pp. 337-346