American Cornball

American Cornball

A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny

eBook - 2014
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American Cornball is Christopher Miller's irresistibly funny illustrated survey of popular humor--the topics that used to make us laugh, from hiccups and henpecked-husbands to outhouses and old maids--and what it tells us about our country yesterday and today.

Miller revisits nearly 200 comic staples that have been passed down through our culture for generations, many originating from the vaudeville age. He explores the (often unseemly) contexts from which they arose, why they were funny in their time, and why they eventually lost their appeal. The result is a kind of taxonomy of humor during America's golden age that provides a deeper, more profound look at the prejudices, preoccupations, and peculiarities of a nation polarized between urban and rural, black and white, highborn and lowbrow.

As he touches on issues of racism and sexism, cultural stereotypes and violence, Miller reveals how dramatically our moral sensibilities have shifted, most notably in the last few decades. Complete with more than 100 period illustrations, American Cornball is a richly entertaining survey of our shifting comic universe.

Publisher: [United States] :, Harper Collins Publishers,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780062225191
0062225197
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
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Jan 07, 2017

American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny looks at what used to amuse the readers of newspaper comics from long ago. And yes I am old enough to remember "Our Boarding House featuring Major Hoople", "Mr. Tweedy" and "Mutt and Jeff". For me it was partly an exploration of humor and despite Mr. Twain's quote (“Explaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog, you learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.") the jokes manage to survive. It also served up in small doses. nostalgia, seeing comic strips from back in the day gave me a smile.

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