Punching Up in Stand-Up Comedy explores the new forms, voices and venues of stand-up comedy in different parts of the world and its potential role as a counterhegemonic tool for satire, commentary and expression of identity especially for the disempowered or marginalised.

The title brings together essays and perspectives on stand-up and satire from different cultural and political contexts across the world which raise pertinent issues regarding its role in contemporary times, especially with the increased presence of OTT platforms and internet penetration that allows for easy access to this art form. It examines the theoretical understanding of the different aspects of the humour, aesthetics and politics of stand-up comedy, as well as the exploration of race, gender, politics and conflicts, urban culture and LGBTQ+ identities in countries such as Indonesia, Finland, France, Iran, Italy, Morocco, India and the USA. It also asks the question whether, along with contesting and destabilising existing discursive frameworks and identities, a stand-up comic can open up a space for envisaging a new social, cultural and political order?

This book will appeal to people interested in performance studies, media, popular culture, digital culture, sociology, digital sociology and anthropology, and English literature.

Chapter 9 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) 4.0 license. Funded by the University of Helsinki.

part I|100 pages

Punching In and Punching Up

chapter 1|18 pages

The History of Moroccan Stand-Up Comedy

From Storytelling to Charged Humour

chapter 2|26 pages

Standing Up for Speaking Up

Stand-Up Comedy in the Indonesian Context

chapter 3|16 pages

The Jamel Comedy Club

(Mis)understanding Stand-Up Comedy's Relationship with Urban Culture in France

chapter 4|19 pages

Stand-Up Comedy as Escape

Caste and Media Infrastructure in Mumbai

chapter 5|19 pages

Voices from the Comedy Contact Zone

Regarding Performative Strategies Toward Race and the Transnational Body

part II|49 pages

Gendered Experiences and Stand-Up Comedy

part III|76 pages

Comics and the Audience

chapter 9|16 pages

Awkward Connections

Stand-Up Comedy as Affective Arrangement

chapter 10|17 pages

The Revolution Will Be a Joke

Semiotic Ideologies of Ethics and Efficacy in Stand-Up Comedy

chapter 11|21 pages

Standing Up for a Cause

The Cathartic and Persuasive Power of Stand-Up Comedy

chapter 12|20 pages

Which Direction Do We Punch?

The Powers and Perils of Humour against the New Conspiracism