Funny walking : the rise, fall and rise of the Anglo-American comic eccentric dancer

Wilkie, I ORCID: 2017, 'Funny walking : the rise, fall and rise of the Anglo-American comic eccentric dancer' , Comedy Studies, 8 (2) , pp. 182-196.

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This article will attempt to reposition comic eccentric dance as a metamorphic form that still, surprisingly, exists, and is to be found with reasonable ubiquity, in renewed incarna-tions within twenty first century media. Tracing the origins of comic eccentric dance through examples of earlier comedy performance, and drawing from Bergson’s comic theory of body misalliance, this article will dis-cuss this particularly ludic fusion of music and comedy. Further changes to the form affected by modernist preoccupations during the new Jazz Age at the turn of the twentieth century will be suggested. Finally, ways in which the formulation lives on in twenty-first century in-carnations in the comedy work of, for instance, Jimmy Fallon and Ricky Gervase, and in popular television shows such as Strictly Come Dancing (BBC 2004 - ) and Britain’s Got Talent (ITV 2006 - ) will be posited.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Comedy Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2040-610X
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Depositing User: Dr I Wilkie
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 09:59
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 22:13

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