Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780945323112 Published April 2007

The Alchemy of Comedy... Stupid

Edgar Arceneaux

Edgar Arceneaux

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With an Essay by Lorelei Stewart
96 pages | 74 color plates | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780945323112 Published April 2007
Edgar Arceneaux: The Alchemy of Comedy . . . Stupid documents a multi-channel installation by contemporary video artist Edgar Arceneaux. Centered on video footage of popular comedian David Alan Grier, the artwork examines the nuances and structures of comedy routines, jokes, and humor itself. Arceneaux shot footage of Grier over the course of a week performing at three sites in Chicago; the resulting artwork calls into question the relationship between performer and audience, comedy and comedian, and laughter and pathos. Alongside stills from the video, the book presents facsimile reproductions of pages from a notebook kept by Arceneaux during the production of the work, as well as transcripts of some of Grier's routines; together, the materials offer a revealing look into the formative processes of both comedy and art.
Contents
Foreword: Edgar Arceneaux in Chicago - Judith Russi Kirshner
Fatherhood is Purely Biological - Lorelei Stewart
Notebook: The Alchemy of Comedy...Stupid
Joke Transcriptions
     Retarded Kids and Cancer
     Brown Tattoo
     Fatherhood is Biological
     Dad's Cripple Van
Credits
Color Plates
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