A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped by Ted Gournelos

By Ted Gournelos

A Decade of darkish Humor analyzes ways that renowned and visible tradition used humor-in quite a few forms-to confront the assaults of September eleven, 2001 and, extra particularly, the aftermath. This interdisciplinary quantity brings jointly students from 4 nations to debate the effect of humor and irony on either media discourse and tangible political fact. in addition, it demonstrates that laughter is at the same time an street in which social concerns are deferred or obfuscated, a fashion within which neoliberal or neoconservative rhetoric is challenged, and a method of forming substitute political ideologies.The volume's members conceal a extensive diversity of media productions, together with information parodies (The day-by-day convey with Jon Stewart, The Colbert document, The Onion), television roundtable exhibits (Politically improper with invoice Maher), comedian strips and cartoons (Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks, Jeff Danzinger's editorial cartoons), tv drama (Rescue Me), lively satire (South Park), photograph novels (Art Spiegelman's within the Shadow of No Towers), documentary (Fahrenheit 9/11), and different productions.Along with studying the rhetorical equipment and aesthetic recommendations of those productions, the essays position every one in particular political and journalistic contexts, exhibiting how firms, information retailers, and political associations spoke back to-and occasionally co-opted-these varieties of humor.

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And just remember, you were the dad in Malcolm in the Middle. The dad! No one can take that away from you. Those reruns will always be there! ” If I’m being honest, I thought, he probably turned down a spin-off. Got lazy. That’s what separates us Emmy winners from the one-and-done Cranstons. Hard work. It’s sad. It’s probably a baby daddy sitch. He’s going to cry in my arms, isn’t he? It’s a designer gown, so I’ll have to get a hanky from Lea Michele and lay it across my shoulder first, but that’s what you do for the down and out.

Drew gave a quick giggle and turned and waved to Parker Posey. She was in full-on hostess mode. While I appreciated her declaration that we hated all the same people, I actually hear that a lot from celebrities. What they don’t realize is due to my stand-up comedy disorder, when I am dishing the dirt with someone, whether it be my mom, Maggie, or Drew Barrymore, my brain processes everything we talk about as being potential material for my act. It’s just how my brain works. Now when I run into her, she’s still super friendly, but I never got that dinner invite, and I think we’d both agree it was the best outcome for both of us.

We hugged. ” I said, “Of course! ” We had a perfectly pleasant evening, and as I went home, I thought, Wait a minute, I’ve never met her or Bob! In my twisted mind, I had taken the fact that Pam and I share a business manager as a form of knowing her. ” (What do I know? ) I was unconsciously playing a form of that celebrities-know-each-other game. —so I could just go, “Hi, Pam! ”) But since nothing bad happened—Pam and Bob didn’t kick me out of that booth—I now think “pulling a Pam” is a perfectly reasonable way to insert myself into the orbit of a famous person I want to meet.

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