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Стендъп комедия – характеристики и първи стъпки в България
Stand-up Comedy – Characteristics and First Steps in Bulgaria

Author(s): Dafina Genova
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: stand-up comedy; humor; social significance of stand-up comedy; stand-up comedy in Bulgaria

Summary/Abstract: The article comments on the most specific features of stand-up comedy and its humor. Seemingly a monologue, in reality stand-up comedy is similar to spontaneously occurring conversations since the performer, in spite of the fact that she/he controls the interaction with the audience, constantly seeks and establishes verbal contact with it. Emphasis is put on those manifestations of stand-up comedy that are socially significant and that exert an impact on the audience in certain contexts in the sense of a change in the perspective on things and even a change in the beliefs and assumptions of people in the audience. The optimal role of a comedian, beyond the role of an entertainer and laughter provoker, is that of a social commentator, rebel and the speaker of truth. Some of the features of the Bulgarian stand-up comedy that has recently appeared, such as content and performance, are also studied.

  • Issue Year: XLI/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 086-101
  • Page Count: 16