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Humour in Contemporary FranceControversy, Consensus and Contradictions$
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Jonathan Ervine

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620511

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620511.001.0001

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Jamel Comedy Club: stand-up comedy à la française?

Jamel Comedy Club: stand-up comedy à la française?

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(p.95) Chapter 3 Jamel Comedy Club: stand-up comedy à la française?
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Humour in Contemporary France
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Jonathan Ervine

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620511.003.0004

This chapter will begin by arguing that the Jamel Comedy Club has played a significant role in boosting the visibility of up-and-coming young comedians from France’s banlieues (run-down suburbs) and/or ethnic minority backgrounds in the aftermath of the suburban unrest of autumn 2005. In effect, it created a space for identity negotiation that assessed what it meant to be French and from the banlieues and/or an ethnic minority. This chapter will argue that the way that many of the performers in the Jamel Comedy Club position themselves by using their ethnic or racial origins as the basis for their material is a relatively new development in French humour. Furthermore, it is an approach that becomes problematic when it comes to jokes about racial/ethnic groups that are not represented by performer within the Jamel Comedy Club.

Keywords:   Jamel Comedy Club, Jamel Debbouze, Stand-up comedy, Stereotypes, Diversity, Canal Plus, Immigration, Diversity

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