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A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to Be There
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Publication date August 25, 2016
Pages 224
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781350004511
ISBN-10 1350004510
Dimensions 0 by 5.43 by 8.50 in.
Original list price $39.95
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As far as we know, only human beings have a sense of humour – although chimps might laugh when tickled, and dogs respond similarly in play, Seth McFarlane's fan-base is comprised exclusively of humans. Whilst animals and robots might feature as prominent characters in our favourite comic movies, shows and stand-up routines, we have no reason to suspect that their real-life brethren get the joke.

Drawing on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Shaun May attempts to address this issue – suggesting that there is something distinctive about human beings which grounds our ability to make and comprehend jokes. Guiding the reader through a range of examples, including the films of Charlie Chaplin, the stand-up of Francesca Martinez, the TV show Family Guy and Samuel Beckett's Endgame, he demonstrates that in order to get the joke you have to 'be there'.



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Hardcover
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from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (December 17, 2015)
9781472580436 | details & prices | 213 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.86 lbs | List price $104.00
About: As far as we know, only human beings have a sense of humour – although chimps might laugh when tickled, and dogs respond similarly in play, Seth McFarlane's fan-base is comprised exclusively of humans.
Paperback
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from Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (August 25, 2016)
9781350004511 | details & prices | 224 pages | List price $39.95
About: As far as we know, only human beings have a sense of humour – although chimps might laugh when tickled, and dogs respond similarly in play, Seth McFarlane's fan-base is comprised exclusively of humans.
With Bill Bradley | Reissue edition from Bantam Books (May 1, 1987); titled "Life on the Run"
9780553261523 | details & prices | List price $3.95
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