CFP for Proposed Panel: "Through a Lens, Comically: Stand-up Comedians in the Mass Media"
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
March 6-10, 2013
This proposed panel for the 2013 Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference seeks a disciplinary home for a popular culture archetype: the stand-up comedian. Playing "themselves" on stage, stand-up comedians fly under the radar of theatre scholars, and since they usually perform live, stand-up comedians are out of bounds for media studies scholars. In order to give them a home—or, at least, a temporary shelter—this panel will justify the stand-up comedian's relevance to cinema and media studies.