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Musical Comedy: Novelty Update in the 1980s

bizThis post is intended as supplemental material for the course “Sounds of Laughter: Musical Comedy in the United States”

These excerpts are from the section “Novelty Update” in Ellis (2008). This is from the chapter focusing on the 1980s, but covers artists from various time periods.

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Musical Comedy: Novelty Humor in the 1950s

tlThis post is intended as supplemental material for the course “Sounds of Laughter: Musical Comedy in the United States”

Ellis summarizes musical novelty humor in the late 1950s (note: his focus on rock & roll makes him, I think, a bit dismissive of less serious forms of 50s music):

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Musical Comedy: Camp in the 2000s

bdThis post is intended as supplemental material for the course “Sounds of Laughter: Musical Comedy in the United States”

In Week 7, the course focuses on “camp” as an academic concept. Ellis (2008) introduces this concept in regards to Little Richard, then discusses it in the last chapter of Rebels Wit Attitude. 

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