Laughing Mad

A rigorous analytic analysis, this book interrogates notions of identity, within both the African American community and mainstream popular culture.

Author: Bambi Haggins

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813539850

Category: Performing Arts

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Winner of the 2008 Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award Prior to the civil rights movement, comedians performed for audiences that were clearly delineated by race. Black comedians performed for black audiences and white comedians performed for whites. Yet during the past forty-five years, black comics have become progressively more central to mainstream culture. In Laughing Mad , Bambi Haggins looks at how this transition occurred in a variety of media and shows how this integration has paved the way for black comedians and their audiences to affect each other. Historically, African American performers have been able to use comedy as a pedagogic tool, interjecting astute observations about race relations while the audience is laughing. And yet, Haggins makes the convincing argument that the potential of African American comedy remains fundamentally unfulfilled as the performance of blackness continues to be made culturally digestible for mass consumption. Rather than presenting biographies of individual performers, Haggins focuses on the ways in which the comic persona is constructed and changes across media, from stand-up, to the small screen, to film. She examines the comic televisual and cinematic personae of Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson, and Richard Pryor and considers how these figures set the stage for black comedy in the next four decades. She reads Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock as emblematic of the first and second waves of post-civil rights era African American comedy, and she looks at the socio-cultural politics of Whoopi Goldberg's comic persona through the lens of gender and crossover. Laughing Mad also explores how the comedy of Dave Chappelle speaks to and for the post-soul generation. A rigorous analytic analysis, this book interrogates notions of identity, within both the African American community and mainstream popular culture. Written in engaging and accessible prose, it is also a book that will travel from the seminar room, to the barbershop, to the kitchen table, allowing readers to experience the sketches, stand-up, and film comedies with all the laughter they deserve.

The American Phrenological Journal and Miscellany

She was now literally laughing mad ! Laughing and exclaiming all the while , ' I
am mad ; ' « Yes , I am mad , ' ' I am mad . ' Veneration , was next excited in
connection with the other organs , before named , except music . The first thing
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Verdi s Opera Rigoletto

Gil . Mad . Ebro . | Mad . Thou ' rt drunk ! Duc . D ' amore ardente . ( Ridendo .
Duke . With love of thee I may be . ( Laughing . Mad . Signor , l ' indifferente , Mad
. Signor , these words unmeaning Vi piace canzonar ? Why to me address ? Duc
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Temple Bar

What have you seen in him to make you say he is mad ? ' asked Catalina . “ What
has happened ? What have I seen ? I tell you he has been seized with a mania of
laughing at everything , and all who go near him are seized with the same ...

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The love chase Woman s wit The maid of Mariendorpt Love John of Procida Old maids The rose of Arragon The secretary

Mad . Ros . Why , Esther , what ' s the matter ? Esther . [ Still laughing . ] I ' m
laughing ! Mad . Ros . I see you are . What makes you laugh ? Esther . [ Laughing
] A thought That came into my head . Mad . Ros . Dismiss it thenBehoves you to
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A Scrap of Paper

( likewise ) Housekeeper of the chateau . ( Exeunt seavants , R. D. , laughing . )
Mad . D. ( dusting and arranging ) Ugh ! what a set ! " My chocolate : " " my
medicated bath : ” “ my Parisian correspondence . ” A pretty pass servants are
come to !

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The Dramatic Works

Mad . Ros . Thinkest thou of weddings ? Esther . Madam ! [ Stifling a laugh . Mad .
Ros . Why , Esther , what's the matter with you ? Esther . Nothing ! —That is -
Unless I laugh I die ! [ Goes out , laughing immoderately . Mad . Ros . What's
come ...

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The Dramatic Works of James Sheridan Knowles The love chase Woman s wit The maid of Mariendorpt Love John of Procida Old maids The rose of Arragon The secretary

Mad . Ros . I don ' t know . Esther . I hope it will not ; I have fear of crosses In all
such matters . Mad . Ros . Thinkest thou of weddings ? Esther . Madam ! [ Stifling
a laugh . Mad . Ros . Why , Esther , what ' s the matter with you ? Esther . Nothing
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Left to themselves

laughing . " Is it time to get up ? Why , who is that laughing ? ” he continued , as
another burst of merriment resounded ... I ' ll just put on my things , and find out
who it is has gone laughing mad since last night ; ” saying which George went out
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The works of William Makepeace Thackeray

... Neill ; but he was sure that Miss Perkins , as well as Miss Little , was
desperately in love with him ; and I left him on a door - step in tears . " Is it best to
be laughing - mad , or crying - mad , in the world ? ” says I moodily , coming into
my street .

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The Christmas Books of Mr M A Titmarsh

Is it best to be laughing - mad , or crying - mad , in the world ? ” says I moodily ,
coming into my street . Betsy the maid was already up and at work , on her knees
, scouring the steps , and cheerfully beginning her honest daily labor . 20 OUR ...

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Complete Works

Is it best to be laughing - mad , or crying - mad , in the world ? " says I moodily ,
coming into my street . Betsy the maid was already up and at work , on her knees
, scouring the steps , and cheerfully beginning her honest daily labor . w OUR ...

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The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray The Christmas books of Mr M A Titmarsh

Is it best to be laughing - mad , or crying - mad , in the world ? ” says I moodily ,
coming into my street . Betsy the maid was already up and at work , on her knees
, scouring the steps , and cheerfully beginning her honest daily labour . THE END
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The Complete Works of William Makepeace Thackeray Christmas stories Ballads and other poems Tales

Is it best to be laughing - mad , or crying - mad , in the world ? " says I moodily ,
coming into my street . Betsy the maid was already up and at work , on her knees
, scouring the steps , and cheerfully beginning her honest daily labor .

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Thackeray s Complete Works The adventures of Philip

Is it best to be laughing - mad , or crying - mad , in the world ? ” says I moodily ,
coming into my street . Betsy the maid was already up and at work , on her knees
, scouring the steps , and cheerfully beginning her honest daily labor .

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The Works

... but he was sure that Miss Perkins , as well as Miss Little , was desperately in
love with him ; and I left him on a door - step in tears . “ Is it best to be laughing -
mad , or crying - mad , in the world ? ” says I moodily , coming into my street .

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

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Miscellanies Catherine Titmarsch among pictures and books Fraser miscellanies Christmas books Ballads

Somebody smashed Mulligan ' s hat over his eyes , and I led him forth into “ Is it
best to be laughing - mad , or the silent morning . The chirrup of crying - mad , in
the world ? ” says I the birds , the freshness of the rosy air , moodily , coming into
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Mr Thackeray s Works

... but he was sure that Miss Perkins , as well as Miss Little , was desperately in
love with him ; and I left him on a door - step in tears . “ Is it best to be laughing -
mad , or crying - mad , in the world ? ” says I moodily , coming into my street .

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Thackeray s Works

Is it best to be laughing - mad , or crying - mad , in the world ? ” says I moodily ,
coming into my street . Betsy the maid was already up and at work , on her knees
, scouring the steps and cheerfully beginning her honest daily labor .

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Let us be divorced

Then , you are mad on him ? Cy . ( laughing ) Mad ! Oh , no ! you must not
exagerate . Des Pru . And tell me now , since we have nothing more to hide from
one another , have we ? Cy . Why should we ? . DES PRU . On the contrary ,
even in ...

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