Talk:One-person show

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Wikipedia:Notability (comedy)[edit]

I've created Wikipedia:Notability (comedy) to help editors in deciding the notability of comedy- and humor-related articles. Please help hammer it into shape. --Chris Griswold () 09:00, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

There needs to be an article, or equal time, devoted to solo theater shows[edit]

The long-standing and respected tradition of solo theater shows, which are also called one-person shows or one-man shows, needs its own article, or equal time in this article. Basically, a one-man comedy show is just a longer stand-up routine, different from a shorter set only in its length. I propose editing the lead of this article to eliminate comedian references, since "one-person show" almost always refers to theatrical performances. Softlavender (talk) 07:24, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

possible candidate for merger[edit]

I am contemplating proposing the merging of this article with Monodrama, using a redirect from Monodrama to this page, or vice versa. I am working on getting all the qualifying WP articles tagged under one unifying category, but it seems we have two possible parent articles. Would someone else weigh in on this? EraserGirl (talk) 04:02, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

No, that wouldn't be appropriate. Monodrama is not the same thing as a one-person show. For example, take a look at the Moscow Art Theatre production of Hamlet article, where it explains that Craig staged the play Hamlet as a monodrama. Monodrama here means something along the lines of a symbolist anticipation of the basic dramaturgical conceit of expressionism--namely, a play that is "seen through the eyes" of a single character. You might also look at the way monodrama was theorised by Nikolai Evreinov in his An Introduction to Monodrama. Yes, I'm aware that the article does not reflect this diversity of usage at the moment, but you'll notice that it's completely unsourced. DionysosProteus (talk) 11:43, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
Dictionary definition of Monodrama: [1]. Softlavender (talk) 20:14, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
Softlavender, what point are you making in offering the link? I should also point out that the information provided there includes clear inaccuracies (the danger of relying on online sources, unfortunately). It says that Beckett's Happy Days is an example of a play for one performer, but this is not true. The play has two characters, Winnie and Willie, although only Winnie speaks. The same is true for Not I, in which only one performer speaks, but another is on-stage (in the role of the Auditor). DionysosProteus (talk) 20:42, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
None, really; just offering a link to an official set of definitions from three different dictionaries/encyclopedias, so that that might help in the writing of that article and the decision whether or not to merge. It wasn't meant to be a reply to you, even though it's perhaps inadvertently indented under your post. Softlavender (talk) 20:47, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Removed garbled and nonsensical section[edit]

I removed this section, since it's garbled and nonsensical and most of it is non-relevant or only marginally relevant:

Current and future[edit]

The phenomenon called Spoken Word may have been influenced in the United States' folk music, in the lyrics of artists like the early work of Bob Dylan, dubbed the "talking blues", with a definite influence American culture. From other quarters came the inflential, not-so-subtle and satirical voice of artists using their own form of spoken word perhaps represented by Gil Scott-Heron, who began performing, speaking often to muted music as early as 1970, and continues to do so today. In the 1980s, the phenomenon of British and American punk and underground music produced other artists who don't exactly fit the solo performance profiles as they don't look for laughs as comedians nor come from a traditional theater background, but will often include poetry, music, diary extracts and projection in their performances. Henry Rollins is a current example of this type of performer, and though he often performs with the Rollins Band, he also speaks solo texts and performs poetry. The line between the stand-up comedian and the spoken word, or solo performer, is becoming increasingly blurred as the art form continues to evolve.


-- Softlavender (talk) 15:35, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Ventriloquism[edit]

I think that some mention should be made here of ventriloquism. Ventriloquists frequently perform as the only natural person on stage for the entire show, although there will be more than one personality/character on stage. - Richard Cavell (talk) 12:58, 6 December 2009 (UTC)

Raven Baxter[edit]

Hi there,

Raven performed a "one woman show" on an episode of "That's So Raven." Is that able to be added here? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 186.45.93.222 (talk) 23:03, 19 April 2011 (UTC)