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Title: 'It’s about expecting the unexpected’: Live stand-up comedy from the audiences’ perspective
Authors: Myers, L
Keywords: Stand-up comedy;Audiences;Liveness;Unpredictability;Proximity;Interaction;Shared experience
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Participations
Citation: Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 8(2), 165 - 188, 2011
Abstract: A dearth of research exists that examines live stand-up comedy from the audiences’ perspective. This empirical article redresses this neglect by examining the appeal of live stand-up comedy to audiences and revealing their motivations for going to see live stand-up comedy. These interests are explored through an online survey and a series of semi-structured interviews with live stand-up comedy goers. The online survey uncovers the frequency of attending live stand-up comedy, the types of venues that stand-up comedy is seen in, the types of venues that audiences prefer to experience live stand-up comedy in, and the extent to which individuals attend live stand-up comedy alone or accompanied by others, and if so, who they attend with. The one-to-one semi-structured interviews extend the investigation by analysing the specific reasons why audiences attend live stand-up comedy. Five main themes emerge from the semi-structured interview data: respecting the stand-up comedian; expecting the unexpected; proximity and intimacy; opportunities for interaction; and sharing the comic experience. The article illustrates the differing ways in which audiences engage with live stand-up comedy at both the public and private level.
Description: Copyright @ 2011 The Authors.
ISSN: 1749-8716
Appears in Collections:Sociology
Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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