In a written essay (about 1,000 words), students will analyze a documentary from this list of approved films that feature stand-up comedy/comics. If you have a film in mind that is not on this list, please email Dr. Marshall for approval.
Topics to consider: ethics, voice, methods of presentation, character development, technical attributes, rhetorical techniques, aesthetic or emotional response, fan bases, the role of speech/narration. Chapter 9 of our textbook will be of use here.
NOTE: Please do not discuss the film's mode; our next project will consider that.
Sample thesis: I will consider Comedian (Christian Charles, 2002) and argue that because it grants only Jerry Seinfeld a narrative arc—e.g., he gets more screentime, shots with friends/family, and a clear progression—the documentary's other subject, Orny Adams, comes across more poorly than he should.
Sample intros: see this guide for creating your introduction.
Review "Writing about Film and TV" before submitting your thesis!