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Revel with a Cause
Author: Stephen E. Kercher

ISBN: 9780226431642
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 17 July 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.3 x 3.7
Description:
We live in a time much like the postwar era. A time of arch political conservatism and vast social conformity. A time in which our nation's leaders question and challenge the patriotism of those who oppose their policies. But before there was Jon Stewart, Al Franken, or Bill Maher, there were Mort Sahl, Stan Freberg, and Lenny Bruce--liberal satirists who, through their wry and scabrous comedic routines, waged war against the political ironies, contradictions, and hypocrisies of their times.
"Revel with a Cause" is their story. Stephen Kercher here provides the first comprehensive look at the satiric humor that flourished in the United States during the 1950s and early 1960s. Focusing on an impressive range of comedy--not just standup comedians of the day but also satirical publications like "MAD" magazine, improvisational theater groups such as" "Second City, the motion picture "Dr. Strangelove," and TV shows like "That Was the Week That Was"--Kercher reminds us that the postwar era saw varieties of comic expression that were more challenging and nonconformist than we commonly remember. His history of these comed...

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