Humour and the unacceptable in Neil Hamburger's routine

Daniel Derrin

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This paper addresses the comic routine of Australian born U.S. comedian Gregg Turkington's alter-ego, 'Neil Hamburger', from the perspective of Aristotle's ancient conception of the risible as a species of the unacceptable, or the unseemly. In doing so, it explores two thresholds of acceptability, subjective and social, which are relevant to an understanding of Hamburger's comic style. The paper argues that Hamburger's style willfully violates those thresholds, risking the audience's laughter, and yet working towards the visualization of a less normative kind of 'unseemliness' that underlies Hamburger's politics: reverence for celebrity and the sacred.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalPortal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • Neil Hamburger
  • Aristotle
  • Comedy
  • Humour
  • The unacceptable


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