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Satire & The State focuses on performance-based satire, most often seen in sketch comedy, from 1960 to the present, and explores how sketch comedy has shaped the way Americans view the president and themselves.
Numerous sketch comedy portrayals of presidents that have seeped into the American consciousness – Chevy Chase’s Gerald Ford, Dana Carvey’s George H.W. Bush, and Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush all worked to shape the actual politician’s public persona. The book analyzes these sketches and many others, illustrating how comedy is at the heart of the health and function of American democracy. At its best, satire aimed at the presidency can work as a populist check on executive power, becoming one of the most important weapons for everyday Americans against tyranny and political corruption. At its worst, satire can reflect and promote racism, misogyny, and homophobia in America.
Written for students of Theatre, Performance, Political Science, and Media Studies courses, as well as readers with an interest in political comedy, Satire & The State offers a deeper understanding of the relationship between comedy and the presidency, and the ways in which satire becomes a window into the culture, principles, and beliefs of a country.
The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and structures. You will learn the necessary skills and techniques needed to become a successful improviser, developing a basic understanding of the history of improvisation and its major influences, structures, and theories. This book also addresses issues associated with being a college improviser – like auditions, rehearsals, performances, and the dynamics of improv groups.
Synopsis: Bouncing between past and present, Paul is forced to negotiate the many layers of his relationship with his mom…or he can just bury her in the back yard. Paul’s journey to put his mother to rest takes him across time and space, where he meets a bevy of unique women who exemplify various aspects of his mother’s personality. Whether it be advice from his old high school guidance counselor turned cheap therapist, criticism gladly handed down from his annoyingly perfect sister, philosophy from a waitress with a passion for Rocky, or life lessons from his wake-obsessed grandmother one thing is certain – Paul’s life won’t ever be the same.
"The writing is funny...and insightful."
"Fotis's script is hilarious throughout, it's ultimate poignancy unforced."
"Fascinating...The stand out of the evening."