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dc.contributor.author Seizer, Susan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-16T20:56:49Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-16T20:56:49Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Chicago en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/21805
dc.description Publisher's final version en
dc.description.abstract This essay investigates the cathartic creative process of a standup comic who recounts, in a video-taped interview with the author, the act of transforming a painful meeting with a bigot in a bar into the stuff of comedy. Through reflexive engagement with his own creative process, Stewart Huff recounts building a scenario that splits his experience into two voices, enacting a breakthrough into performance within the taped interview itself. Taking to heart Bakhtin’s insight that parody involves a hostile relation between the speaker and another, and that introducing someone else’s words into our own speech results in a double-voiced narrative, I analyze Huff’s performance as a classic example of double-voiced parody. The transformation from horror to humor is an empowering performative re-creation for the comedian that serves simultaneously as humorous recreation for the comedy club audience. This essay contributes to extant scholarship on the efficacious use of parodic double-voicing and the possibilities it opens up for dialogic catharsis in comedic performance. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Humor: International Journal of Humor Research en
dc.relation.isversionof https://doi.org/10.1515/humor-2016-0026 en
dc.subject standup comedy en
dc.subject double-voiced parody en
dc.subject comedic catharsis en
dc.subject anthropology of humor en
dc.subject United States en
dc.subject Southern masculinity en
dc.title Dialogic Catharsis in Standup Comedy: Stewart Huff Plays a Bigot en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1515/humor-2016-0026


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