"A Good Story": On Black Abjection in Improv Comedy

Michel Büch

Abstract


This paper discusses Black absence in Improv Comedy as a symptom for the racial exclusion inherent in Humanism. Critiquing Enlightenment thought as the epistemological basis for Improv's liberatory and democratic ideals, I engage in deconstructive play with one of the era's central literary motifs, the Doppelgänger. I analyze Improv as a particular symptom of White aesthetic, cultural, and political hegemony.

Keywords


Improv; Blackness; abjection; White; Whiteness; Black; Modernity; Critique; improvisation; theater; The Second City; Performance

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