The Evolution of Mediatized Stand-Up Comedy: Investigating Para-Performances on Television, Film, and YouTube

dc.contributor.advisorFilewod, Alan
dc.contributor.authorAlmaula, Mirali
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-17T14:24:04Z
dc.date.available2015-09-17T14:24:04Z
dc.date.copyright2015-09
dc.date.created2015-09-14
dc.date.issued2015-09-17
dc.degree.departmentSchool of English and Theatre Studiesen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.programmeLiterary Studies / Theatre Studies in Englishen_US
dc.description.abstractAlthough the majority of today’s performances are accessible on multiple platforms, performance analysis often continues to focus on the live event or to discuss the recorded event as if it were live. This thesis explores the influence of various mediatizations on a performance form. In order to better understand changes in power, control, and authority that are produced on differing mediums, it develops a form of analysis that views the performance event as comprised of two aspects. It argues that a performance event is comprised of the performance proper, which is a performance that is identifiable as being for entertainment purposes, and the para-performance, which arises due to the intention and/or execution of the performance proper. For example, the performance text of a theatrical work is the performance proper whereas the audience’s reactions, the architecture of the performance space, and the promotional materials and reviews are part of the para-performance. A para-performance analysis thus reads both the performance proper and the paraperformance “as” performance. This thesis is an investigation of the process of adapting live performance to media platforms. That process, referred to as mediatization, is explored through the evolution of contemporary stand-up comedy in Anglophone North America. Specifically, the dissertation focuses on the development of the content, form, and audiences of contemporary stand-up comedy across live, televised, filmic (i.e. VHS, DVD, and Netflix), and YouTube mediatizations of the performance form. Moreover, a performance analysis approach to the objects of study is used to understand the relationship between power and platform. The dissertation examines how marginalized performers negotiate power through their para-performances and performances. Analysis of the objects of study reveals that manipulating elements of the para-performance can align performers with power and invest their voices with authority. The dissertation demonstrates that media platforms that offer performers control over various para-performance elements, access to accidental audiences, and positions alongside those in power provide the performer with the greatest opportunity to challenge dominant ideologies and positively reconfigure existing hegemonic structures.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/9248
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectstand-up comedyen_US
dc.subjectraceen_US
dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectcensorshipen_US
dc.subjectforms of capitalen_US
dc.subjectcommodificationen_US
dc.subjecttheatre studiesen_US
dc.subjectperformance studiesen_US
dc.subjectcultural studiesen_US
dc.subjectmedia studiesen_US
dc.subjectpara-texten_US
dc.subjectpara-performanceen_US
dc.subjectmale gazeen_US
dc.subjectdominant gazeen_US
dc.subjectlivenessen_US
dc.subjectthe unliveen_US
dc.subjectaudiencesen_US
dc.subjectcyberspaceen_US
dc.subjectperformance spaceen_US
dc.subjectNetflixen_US
dc.subjectYouTubeen_US
dc.subjectDVDen_US
dc.subjecttelevisionen_US
dc.subjectTVen_US
dc.subjectRussell Petersen_US
dc.subjectMargaret Choen_US
dc.subjectGeorge Carlinen_US
dc.subjectRichard Pryoren_US
dc.subjectMichael Richardsen_US
dc.subjectJenna Marblesen_US
dc.subjectstereotypesen_US
dc.subjectrepresentationen_US
dc.subjectComedy Now!en_US
dc.subjectThe Making-Boxen_US
dc.subjectdissidenceen_US
dc.subjectLenny Bruceen_US
dc.subjectmediatizationen_US
dc.subjectmulticulturalen_US
dc.subjectpoweren_US
dc.titleThe Evolution of Mediatized Stand-Up Comedy: Investigating Para-Performances on Television, Film, and YouTubeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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