Title: The British Comedy Industry: Prosperity and Decline in Live Comedy Performance, 1945-65.
Period: Post 1800
Start year: 2013
My thesis will analyse the unique role of comedy in the development of British popular culture in the post-war period. This study plans to uncover an art form that has often been overlooked within academic circles. During this time, comedy was in the midst of a technological revolution encompassing the decline of music hall and variety, the rise of radio and into the television age. I intend to examine the changes in live comedy focussing on the routines, popularity and economic value of comedians and writers. I want to shed light on the large-scale industry of making people laugh and how comedy is subject to both artistic and financial pressures.
I am a qualified teacher of 11 -18 year olds and have taught History and Government and Politics at A-Level since 2006. I currently teach part time.