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Stand-up comedy

2933940_origAmerican political satire is also common in theatres, thanks to stand-up comedy, that is a comical style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience. The performer is known as a comic or stand-up comedian.

In North American stand-up comedy has its roots in various traditions of popular entertainment of the late 19th century.

imagesCAC3BIKRThe founders of modern American stand-up comedy include Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Fred Allen and Frank Fay; they spoke directly to the audience as if they were speaking to themselves.

Between 1950 and 1960, comedians added elements of social satire and expanded satire into politics, race relations and sexual humor. imagesCAVNQYVCbill-cosbyOther notable comedians from this period include Woody Allen, Shelley Berman and Bob Newhart; some Black-Americans like Bill Cosby and Dick Gregory began to cross over to a white audience during this time.

From 1970 to 1990, other important stand-up comedians emerged, like Robin Williams, Eddy Murphy, Dave Foley, Todd Grass and Joe Regan.imagesCAW0BD2S

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