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    Performance Art and Humor

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    In eight pages this paper considers how performance art features humor. There is 1 visual included and six sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    one visual. BBhrpart.doc HUMOR IN PERFORANCE ART Written by B. Bryan Babcock for the Paperstore, Inc., April 2001 Note to student: For this sample paper,  I have included all of the sources collected; some were not used. Would suggest you consider adding the political debates as "humorous" performance; or at least saving the reference  for later in your class. Introduction Our challenge in this discussion is to consider humor in light of "performance art." Consequently we will look at some people who by there  own definition, are performance artists and see what conclusions we can draw about the role of humor in this art form. Blue Man Group According to Avins (2001),  Blue Man Group started as guerilla-theater on the sidewalks of New York about 13 years ago. Today Blue Man Group Productions is a thriving theatrical organization with a staff  of over 450; companies performing in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas, and an annual operating budget of over $ 25 million. Who and what is Blue  Man? Actually "he" is three performers. The founders decided, that, " three puts you where community and isolation meet." Yet Blue Man doesnt talk, sing or dance,  according to one of the creators, Blue Mans "role" was to "challenge the audience to accept that art isnt necessarily elitist, humor doesnt have to be verbal, music need not  be melodic, and entertainment can be non-linear." "In the Eighties and early Nineties," organizer, Wink says, "performance art wasnt accessible. We gave  the audience a childlike stupidness they didnt expect." According to Zoglin (2000), pipes and percussion are part of the show, but then so is paint and Twinkies. Blue Man 

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