International Perspectives on Humor in Journalism
Edited By David Swick and Richard Lance Keeble
This innovative book draws together the work of seventeen writers to show that, starting in the 1640s during the English Civil War, and continuing through to the present time, humor has indeed been an important ingredient of journalism. Countries studied include Australia, Britain, Canada, Chile and the United States. The Funniest Pages is divided into four sections: «Seriously Funny, From Past to Present,» «Unsolemn Columnists,» «This Sporting Life» and a final section, «Have Mouse, Will Laugh,» which looks at humor in online journalism. Chapters examine Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and the birth of social and political satire; Allen Ginsberg, Mad magazine, and the culture wars of the 1950s; John Clarke and the power of satire in journalism, and more.
Chapter Fourteen: Harmer, Humor and The Hoopla: In the Vanguard of Australian Female Comedy
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In the Vanguard of Australian Female Comedy
I prefer that laughter shall take me unawares. Only so can it master and dissolve me (Beerbohm 1921: 42).1
A thing is funny when—in some way that is not actually offensive or frightening—it upsets the established order. Every joke is a tiny revolution(Orwell 1945).2
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