Comic trans : presenting and representing the other in stand-up comedy

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dc.contributor Teatterikorkeakoulu, Esitystaiteen ja –teorian maisteriohjelma fi MacDonald, James 2018-12-11T12:21:37Z 2018-12-11T12:21:37Z 2018
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dc.description.abstract This thesis is a companion to my artistic work in stand-up comedy, comprising artistic-based research and approaches comedy from a performance studies perspective. The question addressed in the paper and the work is "How is the body of the comedian part of the joke?" The first section outlines dominant theories about humour-superiority, relief, and incongruity-as a background the discussion. It touches on the role of the comedian both as untrustworthy, playful trickster, and parrhesiastes who speaks directly to power, backed by the truth of her lived experience. It also provides some context for the contemporary comedian, whose work follows them off stage and into the thunderdome of social media, where trolling and speaking truth are taken very seriously. Another section presented as background to the discussion is on transgender bodies in performance, focusing on performance art and in stand-up comedy. I argue that embodied transgender performances are largely still situated in the act of encountering a trans body. Speaking of contemporary stand-up comedy, I discuss the ways in which an abject identity or body may be exploited by the comedian onstage for laughter and also for activism. The comedy of Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, Hasan Minaj, Jess Thom, Eddie Izzard, Dave Chappelle, Cameron Esposito, and others come into play. Comedy is a complex and interesting site of resistance and social change, since it deals in mockery and non-seriousness, but precisely these qualities allow it to convey messages that are necessary and not polite elsewhere. Finally, I describe my final artistic work, a one-hour comedy show called Gender Euphoria, which is about my own experiences in transitioning from female to male. I describe the ways in which the space and experience were designed to mimic the conditions of a stand-up club inside an institution of learning, and to what aim. The arc of Gender Euphoria is described as an autobiographical work of discovering identity, encountering medical institutions with that identity, encountering new social norms, and travelling through wave after wave of certainty in identity towards more complication, ambiguity, and liberation. I also discuss the material that I was too afraid to do, or that I self-censored out of a sense of not being able to convey the message properly, and fear of backlash from a community I attempt to support. As a whole, this thesis attempts to provide a viewpoint towards the playful and serious contradictions in stand-up comedy, in a way that is informed by practice in the field, from the point of view of a subject whose identity has up until recently been the object of derision, rather than the subject of resistance. fi
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dc.relation.isbasedon Gender euphoria fi
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dc.subject performativity fi
dc.subject embodiment fi
dc.subject queer fi
dc.subject artistic-based research fi
dc.subject.lcsh Stand-up comedy. fi
dc.subject.lcsh Transgender artists. fi
dc.subject.lcsh Performance art. fi
dc.subject.lcsh Live art. fi
dc.subject.lcsh Gender. fi
dc.subject.lcsh Abject art. fi
dc.subject.lcsh Transgender people. fi
dc.subject.lcsh Art -- Research. fi
dc.title Comic trans : presenting and representing the other in stand-up comedy fi
dc.subject.ysa stand up -komiikka fi
dc.subject.ysa transsukupuolisuus fi
dc.subject.ysa taiteilijat fi
dc.subject.ysa performanssi fi
dc.subject.ysa esitystaide fi
dc.subject.ysa performatiivisuus fi
dc.subject.ysa sukupuoli fi
dc.subject.ysa ruumiillisuus fi
dc.subject.ysa muunsukupuolisuus fi
dc.subject.ysa queer-tutkimus fi
dc.subject.ysa taiteellinen tutkimus fi
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäytetyö fi
dc.subject.allärs ståuppkomik fi
dc.subject.allärs transsexualism fi
dc.subject.allärs konstnärer fi
dc.subject.allärs performance fi
dc.subject.allärs performativitet fi
dc.subject.allärs kön fi
dc.subject.allärs kroppslighet fi
dc.subject.allärs intergender fi
dc.subject.allärs queer-forskning fi
dc.subject.allärs konstnärlig forskning fi


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