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How I Escaped My Certain Fate

Author : Stewart Lee
ISBN : 9780571254828
Genre : Humor
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Experience how it feels to be the subject of a blasphemy prosecution! Find out why 'wool' is a funny word! See how jokes work, their inner mechanisms revealed, before your astonished face! In 2001, after over a decade in the business, Stewart Lee quit stand-up, disillusioned and drained, and went off to direct a loss-making musical, Jerry Springer: The Opera. Nine years later, How I Escaped My Certain Fate details his return to live performance, and the journey that took him from an early retirement to his position as the most critically acclaimed stand-up in Britain, the winner of BAFTAs and British Comedy Awards, and the affirmation of being rated the 41st best stand up ever. Here is Stewart Lee's own account of his remarkable comeback, told through transcripts of the three legendary full-length shows that sealed his reputation. Astonishingly frank and detailed in-depth notes reveal the inspiration and inner workings of his act. With unprecedented access to a leading comedian's creative process, this book tells us just what it was like to write these shows, develop the performance and take them on tour. How I Escaped My Certain Fate is everything we have come to expect from Stewart Lee: fiercely intelligent, unsparingly honest and very, very funny.

The Edinburgh Festival

Author : David Pollock
ISBN : 9781804250471
Genre : Performing Arts
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True, the city’s many summer festivals each maintain their own identities. And yet ‘The Festival’ has stuck as a shorthand which captures the truly eclectic experience of ‘doing Edinburgh’ which has made the city’s very name synonymous with world-leading culture and performance. This book is the first to tell the complete history of the Edinburgh Festival. Arts writer David Pollock paints an extraordinary portrait of the growth, glory years and struggles of this global cultural phenomenon. He introduces a wide cast of key individuals and shows, including Fleabag, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Joseph Beuys, The Fall and Six The Musical. The Edinburgh Festival: A Biography provides a unique perspective on the social and cultural history of Scotland and its capital in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It will delight and intrigue all who have experience of the greatest festival in the world.

Therapy Stand Up And The Gesture Of Writing

Author : Jonathan Wyatt
ISBN : 9781351714419
Genre : Psychology
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Therapy, Stand-Up, and the Gesture of Writing is a sharp, lively exploration of the connections between therapy, stand-up comedy, and writing as a method of inquiry; and of how these connections can be theorized through the author’s new concept: creative-relational inquiry. Engaging, often poignant, stories combine with rich scholarship to offer the reader provocative, original insights. Wyatt writes about his work as a therapist with his client, Karl, as they meet and talk together. He tells stories of his experiences attending comedy shows in Edinburgh and of his own occasional performances. He brings alive the everyday profound through vignettes and poems of work, travel, visiting his mother, mourning his late father, and more. The book’s drive, however, is in bringing together therapy, stand-up, and writing as a method of inquiry to mobilise theory, drawing in particular from Deleuze and Guattari, the new materialisms, and affect theory. Through this diffractive work, the text formulates and develops creative-relational inquiry. With its combination of fluent story-telling and smart, theoretical propositions, Therapy, Stand-up, and the Gesture of Writing offers compelling possibilities both for qualitative scholars who have an interest in narrative, performative, and embodied scholarship, and those who desire to bring current, complex, theories to bear upon their research practices.

A Good Bullet Comedy Violence And All The Terrible Things That Make Us Laugh

Author : Freddy Syborn
ISBN : 9781780721705
Genre : Social Science
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Bullets are violent. Jokes are violent. Can either be used for good? What is "good"? A Good Bullet will make next to no effort to answer the last question because it"s too hard. But it will have a crack at asking why and how sex, war, history, death, insecurity, hatred and loss - all the good stuff - make people laugh.

Cult British Tv Comedy

Author : Leon Hunt
ISBN : 9781526102362
Genre : Social Science
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This book is the first sustained critical analysis of Cult British TV comedy from 1990 to the present day. The book examines ‘post-alternative’ comedy as both ‘cult’ and ‘quality’ TV, aimed mostly at niche audiences and often possessing a subcultural aura (comedy was famously declared ‘the new ‘rock’n’roll’ in the early ‘90s). It includes case studies of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer and the sitcom writer Graham Linehan. It examines developments in sketch shows and the emergence of ‘dark’ and ‘cringe’ comedy, and considers the politics of ‘offence’ during a period in which Brass Eye, ‘Sachsgate’ and Frankie Boyle provoked different kinds of media outrage. Programmes discussed include Vic Reeves Big Night Out, Peep Show, Father Ted, The Mighty Boosh, The Fast Show and Psychoville. Cult British TV Comedy will be of interest to both students and fans of modern TV comedy.

Cynicism In British Post War Culture

Author : K. Curran
ISBN : 9781137444356
Genre : Social Science
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This book is the first academic text to examine cynicism as a driving force in the context of post-war British culture. It maps a sensibility that transcends divisions between high and low culture, and encompasses figures such as Philip Larkin, John Lennon and Stephen Patrick Morrissey.

British Terrorist Novels Of The 1970s

Author : Joseph Darlington
ISBN : 9783319778969
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book discusses British novels published during the 1970s which feature terrorists either as main characters or a major plot points. The focus on terrorism’s literary depiction provides insight into the politics of the decade. The book analyses texts from Gerald Seymour, Anthony Burgess, V.S. Naipaul, Graham Greene, Doris Lessing, B.S. Johnson, Tom Sharpe, and Eric Ambler, among others, in order to engage with the IRA, the end of Empire, counterculture and environmentalism. The book provides a brief history of terrorism as a concept and tactic before discussing British literature’s relationship with terrorism. It presents a “standard terrorist morphology” by which to analyse terrorist narratives along with other insights into the British post-war imagination, writing and extremism.

The Double Act

Author : Andrew Roberts
ISBN : 9780750990295
Genre : Performing Arts
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THE double act has been at the heart of the British entertainment scene for over 150 years: from its start in the music halls, through radio shows such as Hancock’s Half Hour playing in virtually every household and on cinema and television, from Carry On films to Withnail and I. Explore the influence of comedy duos on their audience and how their performances evolved over time, the importance of the subtle art of the straight man next to the comic and discover some acts who might have passed you by. This book is a tribute to the comedians who have entertained the public for so long, dedicating their lives to adding a bit of laughter to the mundane everyday. The Double Act will appeal to all lovers of British comedy as it takes them through the golden moments of its history.

Easter Rising

Author : Michael Patrick MacDonald
ISBN : 9780547527239
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An “alternately funny and heartbreaking” memoir of leaving—and finding—home, by the author of All Souls: A Family Story from Southie (Newsweek). In All Souls, Michael Patrick MacDonald told the story of the loss of four of his siblings to the violence, poverty, and gangsterism of Irish South Boston. In Easter Rising, he tells the story of how he got out. Desperate to avoid the “normal” life of Southie, Michael first reinvents himself in the burgeoning punk rock movement and the thrilling vortex of Johnny Rotten, Mission of Burma, and the Clash. At nineteen, he escapes further, to Paris and then London. Finally, out of money, he contacts his Irish immigrant grandfather—who offers a loan, but only if Michael will visit Ireland. It is on this reluctant journey to his ancestral land that Michael will find a chance at reconciliation—with his heritage, his neighborhood, and his family—and, ultimately, a way forward.

Popular Performance

Author : Adam Ainsworth
ISBN : 9781474247351
Genre : Performing Arts
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There is no fourth wall in popular performance. The show is firmly rooted in the here and now, and the performers address the audience directly, while the audience answer back with laughter, applause or heckling. Performer and role are interlaced, so that we are left uncertain about just how the persona we see onstage might relate to the private person who presents it to us. Popular Performance defines and surveys varieties of performance where the main purpose is to entertain, and where there is no shame in being trivial, frivolous or nonsensical as long as people go home happy at the end of the show. Contributions by new and established scholars focus particularly on how it is made, explaining the techniques of performance and production that make it so appealing to audiences. With sections examining how popular performance works in a range of historical and contemporary examples, readers will gain insights into: * performance forms associated with the variety tradition: music hall, vaudeville, cabaret, variety * performance forms associated with circus: wild west shows, clowning * issues relating to the identity of the performer in relation to magic, burlesque, pantomime in contemporary performance * issues relating to venue and audience in relation to contemporary street theatre, stand-up, and live sketch comedy.

Internal West

Author : Priscilla Becker
ISBN : UOM:39015053762046
Genre : Poetry
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ISBN : UOM:39015020344969
Genre : Popular music
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Spin Alternative Record Guide

Author : Eric Weisbard
ISBN : UOM:39015037409599
Genre : Music
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Provides a listing of the top 100 albums in alternative music from the earliest influences to the latest bands, and includes in-depth record reviews

Mix Tape

Author : Thurston Moore
ISBN : UOM:39015057553052
Genre : Design
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Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture is the first book to focus on the unique confluence of cassette culture, featuring stories, essays and images from tapes compiled by and for friends, family and lovers over the last twenty years.

The Wire

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ISBN : UVA:X006130345
Genre : Jazz
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Accounts And Papers Of The House Of Commons

Author : Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
ISBN : OXFORD:555101302
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Correspondence Relating To The States Of South Africa

Author : Great Britain. Colonial Office
ISBN : UOM:39015084562621
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Gentleman S Magazine And Historical Review

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ISBN : NWU:35556000743658
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Collins S Peerage Of England

Author : Arthur Collins
ISBN : MINN:31951002130529S
Genre : Gentry
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The Works Of Flavius Josephus

Author : Flavius Josephus
ISBN : EHC:148100441125V
Genre : Jews
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