• The rise and fall of the British comedy magazine

    Author(s):
    GN Martin (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    comedy, comedy magazines, deadpan, comedy review, humor, humour, 1990s
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/t3bt-4r06
    Abstract:
    Although humorous magazines have existed internationally for over a century, 1994 saw the publication in the UK of the first magazine about comedy. This article reviews the rise and decline of a specific type of professional comedy sub-culture, the comedy magazine. It describes and evaluates the genesis and production of the UK’s first magazine about comedy, Deadpan, and its successors. The review contains reflections from two key contributors and creators (Deadpan’s editor and Comedy Review’s staff writer) and provides an analysis of the motivation behind these publications, their subsequent evolution, and their ultimate failure. Their rise is discussed in the context of societal changes in the UK in the 1990s, the development of lads’ mags and their influence on comedy magazines, and the televisual and stand-up performance comedy output of the decade.
    Notes:
    This is a preprint of an article that is currently under review at a peer-reviewed journal.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    Attribution

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