Chapter

Comic Revenge

in Revel with a Cause

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226431642
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226431659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226431659.003.0004
Comic Revenge

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This chapter focuses on the strain of “sick” humor and satire that aimed primarily at middle-class propriety and standards of “good” taste, America's obsession with psychological normalcy, and the commercial underpinnings of consumer culture. Anchoring the discussion here are readings of Tom Lehrer's songwriting; the radio and television performance of Ernie Kovacs, Sid Caesar, Henry Morgan, and Bob and Ray; the parody of Stan Freberg; and Harvey Kurtzman's MAD comics.

Keywords: sick humor; middle-class; normalcy; consumer culture; Tom Lehrer; Ernie Kovacs; Sid Caesar; Henry Morgan; Sten Freberg; Harvey Kurtzman

Chapter.  15885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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