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Monday, June 17 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel': an alternative history of stand-up comedy

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The fabulously successful new TV series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel presents an appealing but flawed alternative history of stand-up comedy. Join Debra as she explores the real history of the birth of stand-up and how daring and different from its predecessors it was. Mrs Maisel may be wishful, nostalgic thinking, but it nevertheless opens up a new way of exploring the history of Jewish women in stand-up.

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Debra Aarons

Debra  is a linguist at UNSW. She writes about humour and language and has a particular interest in Jewish comedy. Her Jokes and the Linguistic Mind (2011) explores the art of joke-making through the lens of cognitive science. Debra has written extensively with Marc Mierowsky on... Read More →

Monday June 17, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 5