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Author Scepanski, Philip.

Title Tragedy Plus Time: National Trauma and Television Comedy
Published [Place of publication not identified] : University of Texas Press : University of Texas Press, 2021
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Summary "The old joke is that Comedy = Tragedy + Time. Scepanski looks at that equation at a national level, examining how television comedy has dealt with various widescale tragedies, from the assassination of JFK to 9/11 to school shootings. Comedy is often the lens to talk about difficult subjects, but there has been little exploration of how it helps the country understand, process, and cope with trauma on a broad scale. Beginning with Gilbert Gottfried's controversial joke in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 that elicited a response of "too soon!," Scepanski lays out the ways that various sitcoms, comedy sketch shows, and comic news programs have handled tragedies, in ways both tasteful and tasteless"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject American wit and humor -- Social aspects
Americans -- Psychology
Disasters -- Humor -- Social aspects -- United States
Psychic trauma -- Humor -- Social aspects -- United States
Television comedies -- Social aspects -- United States
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1477322558