American comedians Essays

  • An Analysis of Comedians and Humor

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    “Every joke has a kernel of truth.” A common saying such as this has numbed us to the reality of what jokes really are. Many comedians allow their outrageously dark thoughts to dictate their routines. Audiences listen waiting to hear ridiculous puns and jokes completely unaware of the twisted messages behind most punch lines. By analyzing comedians Jim Gaffigan, Dane Cook, Maz Jobrani, and Aries Spears through the frame of reference given by Professor Peter McGraw in “What Makes Things Funny,” we

  • Comedy Analysis

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    Silent film star Buster Keaton once said that “a comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.” After a semester of learning and discovery in my Comedy Improv class, I believe what he means is that it is easy to do an action that by itself alone is funny. However to truly be great, a comedian must be able to take a typical everyday situation and, through keen observation and insight, make it funny. More specifically, the action of slipping on a banana peel itself is funny, but

  • Analysis Of Never Let Me Go

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    It's hard to summarize what makes a person human. It can be agreed that everyone of us is human already, physically speaking that is, but it's more than physically being being a human that matters. Never Let Me Go starts with Kathy, a seemingly normal women in her thirties. She tells us about her job as a nurse, carer, and companion for clones that have started their organ donations. She has a major sense of pride when it comes to her job and her skills as a carer. She is recognized for her success

  • Racism in Comedy

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    Racism in comedy This essay is going to discuss about racism in comedy and in addition to that it is also going to look at whether it is acceptable for comedians to use certain racial words for example when black comedians use the word “Nigger”. Also it is going to look at how different audience put up with this kind of material, but first of all it is going to look at the actual word itself and where in the blue marble that we call earth it originated from. Make no mistake that slave owners came

  • Comedy Compare And Contrast Silverman And Dave Chapelle

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    orientation, and racism. All of these topics are controversial by themselves and comedians tend to push them even further, which often ends in altercations. In Comedy, Andrew Stott discusses a number of comedic routines and jokes that have caused people to be outraged. Sarah Silverman and Dave Chapelle are both comedians who have offended many people with their racist humor. Sarah Silverman is a white, middle aged female comedian who does not have a problem with using racial slurs. Stott refers to one

  • Research Paper On Richard Pryor

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    punchlines of a flawed funny man; Richard Pryor was recognised as a groundbreaking comedian whose profanely personal insights into race relations and modern life made him one of Hollywood's biggest stars.” Richard Pryor: widely known as that foul-mouthed comedian, but too many others he was known as a hilarious comic who attracted large crowds of people from all ethnicities. Richard Pryor was one of the few comedians who influenced/promoted freedom of speech in stand-up comedy by saying things on

  • The Comedian In Edward Blake's Watchmen

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    Known as Edward Blake, "The Comedian” character cannot be ignored in the novel “Watchmen.” Very little information is given regarding the Comedian earlier years but rather it highlights that he worked to fight crime. Some conversations capture his burned out as well as destructive perspective. Blake was born in 1924, and he was a teenager the time he joined the Minutemen to play as "The Comedian." Within shortest time, his status in the group fell, especially after he tried to rape one of the other

  • The Importance Of Comedy In Society

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    think it’s a joke.” In Canada, a comedian was fined $15,000 by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for insulting a lesbian couple during one of his acts. Another comedian in Canada was fined $42,000 for mocking a public figure who was disabled. All of these cases show how people have weaponized the government against comedians to prevent offence to marginalized groups. Not only are these small-timers taking a massive hit against the outrage machine, but even comedian superstars like Dave Chappelle have

  • richard pryor v. sinbad

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    A Comparison of: Richard Pryor and Sinbad Question; Is it what you accomplish that makes one great, or how you accomplish it. Richard Pryor and David Adkins or “Sinbad” are two of the most notorious comedians in American culture, but the lives they lived were on extreme ends of the spectrum. They both started out in or were kind of pushed into comedy when their real hopes and dreams fell short. Both of them served their country in the army for two years, and then jumped on the comedy circuit, traveling

  • Malcolm X

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    Racism is a problem that the American people have grappled with since colonial times. The 1960's saw the rise of Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X, who not only influenced the civil rights movement but attempted to solve the problem of racism in this country. On February 16, 1965, Malcolm X gave a speech called Not Just An American Problem, but a World Problem. In his speech he provides a theory on the relationship between media and racism called image making which still has validity today. On

  • Prejudice Among Caucasian in Californian Harsh Feelings Towards Mexican Immigrants

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    paying positions including field jobs are being filled by Mexican immigrants and their families. Unfortunately, some Caucasians view this negatively and put the label on it that the Mexican immigrants are "stealing" jobs that could go to native born Americans. Because of this negative view, there are some Caucasians in California that look down upon the entire Mexican community. However, if the Caucasians in California that hold these negative opinions learned more about the Mexican culture and the struggles

  • Get Out Satire

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    The comedian Jordan Peele ripped off the band aid and exposed the horror of racism still prevalent in America today when he released his controversial movie Get Out. Many people in America believe racism is long gone and no longer an issue in society, however, Get Out proves how inaccurate this conception is. The thriller is about a young interracial couple, Chris Washington and Rose Armitage. Now that their relationship has become serious Rose invites Chris upstate to visit her parents for the first

  • African American Performers: Egbert Austin Williams

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    Egbert Austin Williams better known as Bert, was an African American performer during the late 19th and early 20th century. He was born in Nassau, Bahamas on November 12, 1874. He was the child of Frederick, who was a sailor and his mother Julia. When Williams was 11 he and his family moved to Riverside in southern California. While in Nassau, Williams encountered very little racism, southern California however was a much different story which troubled him deeply throughout his lustrous career. Although

  • Analysis Of The Ethic Notions Film

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    Film, a documentary of depriving African American qualities during the Antebellum period up to Civil Rights Movement. The film dates back to prehistoric events of African Americans being portrayed in the artistic industry. The comedy industry was a strong entertainment factor in this time period, as the character of Jim Crow imitated by TD Rice escalated in favoritism of many. TD Rice was a Caucasian performer who painted his face to play an African American. TD Rice’s imitations and roles gave the

  • Bill Cosby: Hero Or Villain?

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    them into silence, His Actions have made him more of a hero than a villain. Bill Cosby was a great person was a great actor who could mend the hearts of everyone who watched his shows. He was the first African American comedy set to be on television.”Bill Cosby, is a successful comedian, product representative, television

  • Analysis of Bill Cosby’s “The Pound Cake Speech”

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    in the African–American community. The speech has been severely criticized for it is delivery and topics expressed within it. Author Jerome Corsi notes, "Cosby was attacked both for his flippant tone and because his argument appeared to 'blame the victim' for the racial inequality and racial injustice suffered." The purpose of this essay is to examine why the use of comedy, partitioning of listeners, and scapegoating of African-American parents, as the sole cause of African-American social problems

  • The F Word Firoozeh Dumas Analysis

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    reading the story, the readers as well as listeners can actually see and understand Firoozeh’s feelings in particular and immigrants in general. Actually, I am an international student, and I come from Vietnam. I also have that bad experience when Americans cannot say my name, and that makes me sympathize with Firoozeh. At the beginning of the story, Firoozeh shows American’s attitude toward saying her name as well as her cousin’s name and her brothers’ names. They purposefully mispronounced and changed

  • African American Humor Research Paper

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    Humor in African American Leadership For years’ black comedians have been stereotyped by black humor using racial slurs in their jokes to communicate with audience an about the social and political issues in the black communities. Although a diverse audience might catch on to most of the contents in a joke that have black humor, some people in American may take it in a harmful and unintended way to avoid controversy with the audience so people need to understand how to identify what is humorous

  • The Malignant American in Surfacing

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    The Malignant American in Surfacing Before traveling through Europe last summer, friends advised me to avoid being identified as an American.  Throughout Europe, the term American connotes arrogance and insensitivity to local culture.  In line with the foregoing stereotype, the unnamed narrator's use of the term American in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing is used to describe individuals of any nationality who are unempathetic and thus destructive.  The narrator, however, uses the word in the context

  • Analysis Of Made In America By Claude S. Fischer

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    A and Ph.D in Sociology from Harvard University. Now, he is working for Made In America which is a Social History of American Culture and Character. First of all, Claude pointed out “Locality is following the family, the premier locus for “community”, in the fullest sense of solidarity, commitment, and intimacy”. Afterwards, he stated 4 different ways can prove Americans have become more committed in localism. He also stated that the changes between families and nations. In my point of