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  Alternative comedy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alternative comedy is a style of comedy that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and 1980s which would eventually go on to become mainstream in the 1990s and up to the present day.
When comedy duo Rob Newman and David Baddiel played the largest ever stand-up gig at Wembley Arena, alternative comedy was hailed as "the new rock and roll" and acts made significant sums from merchandising, recordings of their TV shows and live performances.
In the early days of alternative comedy, a frequent criticism was that nobody found a person standing on a stage simply discussing events in his or her life particularly funny.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alternative_comedy   (3648 words)

  
 Alternative comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Alternative comedy is a British comedy scene in the late 1970s and 1980s which would eventually go on to become mainstream in the 1990s and up to the present day.
Alternative comedy spilled onto TV in the 80s and was supported by minority channel BBC 2 in the form of The Young Ones and other sitcoms.
At one point, alternative comedy was hailed as "the new rock and roll", perhaps because many of its stars toured the country, playing massive venues previously reserved for rock bands, and made significant sums from merchandising of recordings of their TV shows and live performances.
bopedia.com /en/wikipedia/a/al/alternative_comedy.html   (766 words)

  
 Comedy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Comedy is the use of humor; sometimes, but not always, in the form of theater, in contrast to a tragedy.
The word "comedy" is derived from the Greek κωμοιδια, which is a compound either of κωμος (revel) and ωιδος (singer), or of κωμη (village) and ωιδος: it is possible that κωμος itself is derived from κωμη, and originally meant a village revel.
Alternative comedy - a largely British term relating to comedians in the ascendant throughout the 1980s and beyond.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Comedy   (1181 words)

  
 Alternative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alternative comedy, a range of styles used by comedians and writers in the 1980s
Alternative culture, a variety of subcultures outside or on the fringes of so-called accepted mainstream culture
Alternative lifestyle, a lifestyle that it is not within the generally perceived cultural norm
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alternative   (223 words)

  
 Comedy
Comedy is the use of humor in the form of theater, where it simply referred to a play with a happy ending, in contrast to a tragedy.
A comedy of errors is dramatic work (often a play) that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone, in which the action usually features a series of comic instances of mistaken identity, and which typically culminates in a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
The comedy of manners satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters, such as the miles gloriosus in ancient times, the fop and the rake during the Restoration, or an old person pretending to be young.
www.shortopedia.com /C/O/Comedy   (1390 words)

  
 Comedian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting the fool, as in slapstick, or employing prop comedy.
Since the mid-1980s, a new wave of comedy, called alternative comedy, has been gaining popularity and delighting audiences with its offbeat style.
Comedy and satire that deals with more serious subjects, such as death, drugs, terrorism, rape, and war, or comedy that could also be considered horror.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Comedian   (776 words)

  
 screenonline: Alternative Comedy
If comedy is, as is sometimes claimed, the new rock 'n' roll, then alternative comedy was its new wave - raw, spiky and with the arrogant sneer of youth.
Audiences weren't huge, but they were enthusiastic; alternative comedy had broken through.
Although the 'alternative' label is still liberally applied to almost any progressively-minded comedy of the last quarter century, alternative comedy proper, notwithstanding the continuing success of its early champions, was more or less history by the early 1990s, as
www.screenonline.org.uk /tv/id/1085514   (1390 words)

  
 Articles - Alternative comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It could be argued that alternative comedy was a natural progression of anti-establishment comedy which had started in the 1950s and 60s with the Satire Boom, the best-selling stage show ´´Beyond the Fringe´´; and TV shows like ´´That Was the Week That Was´´;.
However, despite that, ´alternative´ comedy would eventually become mainstream, with the likes of ´´Absolutely Fabulous´´; becoming prime-time BBC viewing.
By their very success, they might forfeit the title "alternative" however, though some argue that "alternative" doenst refer to success or popularity, but in the attitude taken toward the conventional distribution methods and messages.
www.anfolk.com /articles/Alternative_comedy   (3422 words)

  
 Eye - COMEDY: Warning: The alternative material may offend some, including you - 03.02.95   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Alternative does not mean bad, as some who appeared on last week's Alternative Tuesday no doubt misunderstood.
Alternative comedy sets itself against the sensibilities of the dominant artistic community.
The British alternative wave of the early '80s, perhaps the most famous of all comedy revolutions, was a reaction against right-wing politics, the BBC and the power of Oxbridge culturecrats.
www.eye.net /eye/issue/issue_03.02.95/ARTS/co0302.htm   (1004 words)

  
 Chicago Underground Comedy
Our alternative comedy draws its strength from stand-ups who are smart, witty, creative and also not afraid to have very strong political voices.
Our comedians love comedy; they believe in themselves and their material, and are willing to push the envelope of traditional stand-up.
If there is one thing to say about the alternative stand-up scene, it would be that not only is every one is very unique, but everyone challenges the audience to go beneath the surface for something even better.
www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com /about.html   (276 words)

  
 Cynical Satire
Beginning with a brief overview of how alternative comedy developed out of the 1980s Thatcherite era, Bassett was optimistic that satire is a cyclical phenomenon and will rise again as the honeymoon period for New Labour and political correctness ends.
Stewart Lee argued against the politicisation of comedy because to be truly alternative and shake the perspective of society, comedy depends not on subject matter but on style and approach.
Clearly, the development of comedy in the noughties is affected by wider social and political trends.
www.culturewars.org.uk /2000-08/debate/cynical_satire.htm   (438 words)

  
 Poetry, Steve Coogan and the birth of Alternative Comedy
There was during the early to mid-1980's a small number of alternative cabaret and poetry venues that were beginning to make themselves known.
His name was Steve Coogan and he wasn't alone in finding as he ventured onto the alternative cabaret circuit, audiences who were crying out for an entertaining reaction to the tacky Tarbuck, moronic Monkhouse brand of staid, cliched humour that had been the scourge of popular entertainment.
I'd rather it be told that there was a most wonderfully supportive environment for the new comedy that was born out of performance poetry and creative writing groups.
www.poyzer.com /comedy.htm   (515 words)

  
 Review: The Alternative Comedy Show   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This is the first gag from the first comic on the Alternative comedy night, right in the heart of the Just For Laughs HQ, suggesting they’ve used the word ‘alternative’ in its more obscure sense of ‘adj: familiar, old or straight out of 1001 Jewish Jokes For Beginners’.
But there is still the lurking question of why this is an ‘alternative’ gig when there are only a limited number of comics in town.
Dr Avocado is one of the acts that justifies the night’s ‘alternative’ tag.
www.chortle.co.uk /mont04/alt.html   (891 words)

  
 Humor @ BarrelOfLaughs.com (Barrel of Laughs)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Improvisational comedy (also called improv or impro) is comedy that is performed with a little to no predetermination of subject matter and structure.
The term "humour" as formerly applied in comedy referred to the interpenetration of the sublime and the ridiculous.
In other words, comedy is a sign of a 'bug' in the symbolic make-up of language, as well as a self-correcting mechanism for such bugs.
www.barreloflaughs.com   (3036 words)

  
 L.A.'s Comdedy Jungle: a 7-day safari through Los Angeles' world of alternative comdey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
I soon discovered that there were dozens of underground comedy shows around town where an ever-growing group of excited and exciting performers were swinging for the fences on a nightly basis and having a damn good time doing it.
comedy scene, has been known to pop up at M Bar, the Belly Room, and the Karma Cafe to wreak his particular brand of havoc, but his not-so-secret underground lair is the 1160 Lounge in the basement of the Ramada Inn on Vermont Ave.
With that in mind, I realize my favorite thing about this group of people: underground comedy is about trying and failing and succeeding and learning; all these idealistic goals that are supposedly lost in the L.A. grind, beaten out of us by the quest for the right agent or that commercial gig.
www.laalternativepress.com /v04n11/feature/cowan.php   (2758 words)

  
 MALCOLM HARDEE, FATHER OF BRITISH ALTERNATIVE COMEDY
He was one of the founding fathers of alternative comedy, with a penchant for performing naked and a unique technique for stopping hecklers in their tracks.
For alternative comedy's patron sinner, who has been called a millennial Falstaff and a south London Rabelais, it was a suitably irreverent farewell.
Malcolm Hardee, a stalwart of the alternative comedy scene and a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, was pulled from the water by police divers at Greenland dock, Rotherhithe, two days after he was reported missing.
www.malcolmhardee.co.uk /CentreFrameObituaries.html   (11474 words)

  
 Eye - Comedy - 01.16.97
Despite owner/performer Boris Cherniak's attempt to run a family-oriented comedy club (something many people think by definition is impossible), it now appears that the reality of the comedy industry has set in.
Cherniak acknowledges this, and hopes that the new Tuesday format will be an incentive for alternative comedians and their audiences to rediscover his club.
For the less wealthy, Toronto's mainstream and alternative comedy clubs will likewise be presenting shows in what appears to be one of the first real attempts to break away from the partisan politics that has plagued past (failed) festivals.
www.eye.net /eye/issue/issue_01.16.97/theatre/comedy.html   (626 words)

  
 Aspen Comedy Festival   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
"Alternative comedy is doing very well right now because it's relatively new for the public to see, and networks are looking outside the box and bucking the system to find new performers and writers," says Conan Smith, who develops comedy and TV projects at the Agency Group in New York.
Broadcast and cable networks have a slew of comedies in development for the 2005-06 season that are designed to push the envelope by presenting talent and material not traditionally found on the small screen.
Fox brass is high on a Ron Zimmerman-penned comedy portraying Jesus Christ as a "slacker teen" under pressure from his parents to enter the family carpentry business, and the network has Harvey Fierstein playing a mother in another new series.
www.backstage.com /bso/news_reviews/features/feature_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002117547   (1356 words)

  
 Alternative comedy at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Alternative comedy might be described as a manifestation of antiestablishment punk attitudes which were common at the time, and some alternative comedians performed at punk rock concerts as opening acts, or at political rallies.
BBC Radio 4 also sponsors many up and coming alternative comedians, such as The Consultants, via half-hour shows.
Because of the controversial nature of many modern comedy stars, there is no longer the possibility of nationally appreciated comedy stars like Morcambe & Wise, Dick Emery, Benny Hill or Tommy Cooper, and accordingly many see alternative comedy as a poor replacement for the entertainment scene which predominated before its rise to power.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Alternative_comedy.html   (998 words)

  
 British Comedy: The Young Ones FAQ (1/2) v1.43
Almost every significant "alternative" British comedian of the late 1980s and 1990s were featured in The Young Ones, either on screen or behind the scenes.
Alternative comedians were now coming to the fore, with their brand of "toilet" humour mixed in with a bit of left-wing political satire and a few swear words.
Andy De La Tour (an alternative comedian) recommended him for the role, Paul Jackson (the producer) saw him at the play, and the rest is history...
www.faqs.org /faqs/tv/british-comedy/young-ones/part1   (3814 words)

  
 Alternative Comedy - New York Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
IT was about halfway through a comedy show at the East Village bar Rififi when an image of Hitler appeared on a screen in front of the audience, 50 or so young people packed in a small back room on a recent Thursday night.
Gelman's gag was an unqualified hit, and he left the 10-foot-by-10-foot stage to a rousing ovation.
They may not have created an entirely new form of humor, but collectively they form a cohesive and happening new comedy scene downtown, one with an urbane sensibility and a vibe that is different from the established stand-up joints.
www.nytimes.com /2006/01/29/fashion/sundaystyles/29Comedy.html?ex=1296190800&en=81d9d787927dffc5&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss   (493 words)

  
 BBC - Comedy Blog - Alternative Comedy pioneer dies
Malcolm Hardee, one of alternative comedy's most colourful characters, has been found dead in the River Thames.
He ran the most notorious club in the early days of alternative comedy, The Tunnel Club in Rotherhide, South London, where all today's biggest names played.
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www.bbc.co.uk /comedy/news/2005/02/03/16842.shtml   (305 words)

  
 Alternative Comedy Circuit Requires a Sense of Humor
Such is life on the alternative comedy circuit.
In San Francisco these days, there are alternative comedy events every night of the week, in dive bars, coffee shops and coin laundries.
It's a handbill, word-of-mouth, sticky-floor sort of scene, a plucky antidote to the fern-bar comedy explosion of the 1980s and its inevitable backlash.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/03/08/DD69763.DTL&type=music   (773 words)

  
 BBC - Comedy Guide - The Young Ones
By 1981, certain members of the 'alternative comedy' movement were beginning to turn up on television.
It gloriously reflected the free-basing, high-octane, in-your-face, unpredictable quality of 'alternative' comedy and turned its back on all of the old, established rules and clichés of television humour to present 35 minutes of rampaging, violent slapstick which had more in common with Warner Bros cartoons than with situation comedy as known to this point.
A huge range of bizarre ideas was tethered to the loosest possible storylines and confusion was deliberately added by sudden cutaways to characters and situations not involved in the plot.
www.bbc.co.uk /comedy/guide/articles/y/youngonesthe_1299003473.shtml   (1044 words)

  
 Sklars | One Trick Pony
The level of comedy went down and people were going to see bad comedy and saw it all over TV.
Jason: Alternative comedy was also some guy taking off all of his clothes and singing Go Down Moses with a carrot up his ass for six minutes.
Back in college, we were just fans of comedy and we were speaking in the voices of comedians that we liked and admired.
onetrickpony.ws /sklars   (2860 words)

  
 London alternative things to do at night - comedy, pool, View London   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Comedy Store is a legend - and is at least partly blamed for the rise of alternative comedy.
This may have something to do with the fact that it's one of those very rare venues that was built as a comedy club.
Not the most alternative idea admittedly - but one that shifts the focus of the evening from boozing till you drop to trying to stay sober enough to win repeatedly.
www.viewlondon.co.uk /home_feat_where_alternativenightsout2.asp   (450 words)

  
 Michigan Daily Online
It's like a great old comedy room in the sense that it's in a basement and the ceilings are so..." You can find a transcendental joy in the man's inability to express what the ceilings do for him.
The regular comedy audience is, by and large, a lot of working people.
The comedian does have an inkling of why alternative comedy became needed, however.
www.pub.umich.edu /daily/1996/feb/02-01-96/arts/marc.maron.com.html   (713 words)

  
 LondonNet : London Comedy Tickets and Info   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Comedy Tree is one of London’s most popular comedy clubs, renowned for its high quality shows in a fun and intimate atmosphere.
Catch an awesome line-up of comedy every Thursday & Saturday night, with happy hour from 8 - 9pm and a late bar & DJ until 1am.
Although, most evenings this place is used in its main capacity as a night club, the Laughing Horse hosts a comedy night every Friday with resident compere Kevin McCarron on hand to warm up the crowd.
www.londonnet.co.uk /ln/out/ent/comedy.html   (932 words)

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