Stage persona, stand-up comedy and mental health: 'Putting yourself out there'.

Hargrave, Matt (2020) Stage persona, stand-up comedy and mental health: 'Putting yourself out there'. Persona Studies, 5 (2). p. 67. ISSN 2205-5258

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.21153/psj2019vol5no2art917

Abstract

This article addresses the subject of stand-up and mental health through the prism of comic persona, generating new, non-diagnostic discourses around mental illness. The article focuses on British and Australian comedians whose material addresses conditions such as bipolar disorder (John Scott), depression and anxiety (Seymour Mace; Lauren Pattison; Felicity Ward), or feigns the staging of mental collapse (Stewart Lee). Based on the analysis of live events and one-on-one interviews, the essay considers the role that persona plays in mediating the relationship between the comedian and their material, arguing that shaping persona is key to developing practices framed within a poetics of vulnerability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vulnerability, Role, Comedy, Mental Health, Stigma, Performance
Subjects: W400 Drama
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 16:11
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2020 08:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41935

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