Talk:Stand-up comedy

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More on etymology[edit]

This topic already has been brought up before in the archives, but the article still doesn't address the question of when this term originated. states (without citing published examples) that the term dates from the 1960s. If that's true, then it has been applied retroactively, but even as such, it seems to carry an additional connotation of post-vaudeville. That is, vaudeville performers are usually not called stand-up comics (at least not on Wikipedia) even when they essentially did the same thing (Will Rogers), unless they continued long afterward (Moms Mabley). The term as used seems to coincide with the end of vaudeville and the emergence of television and LP records.

Also, a distinction could be made between a stand-up comic and a monologist. A stand-up comic might be one kind of monologist, or there might be a lot of overlap with neither fully encompassing the other. The obvious difference is that a monologue need not be funny, but even so, Garrison Keillor is not called a stand-up comic. Rather, the difference may be that a monologist, even when being funny, is more distanced from the audience. Richard K. Carson (talk) 01:35, 29 December 2014 (UTC)

21st century creation - really?[edit]

This article says "Although the expression is a twenty-first century creation" - really? I am sure the term was used and used fairly widely in the twentieth century. Vorbee (talk) 16:31, 8 January 2018 (UTC)