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History of Stand-Up Comedy: The Coming Of Cinema

The developing cinema industry, which had a much more glamorous appeal, overshadowed the NYC stand-up comedy, but the concept was taken and refined by comedians in the 1950s, in other places in New York, along with San Francisco. Stand-up comedy was here to stay.

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The first person to actually be on stage and do a stand-up act was Charley Case, at the vaudeville theatre, NYC, some time in the 1880s or 1890s.

The initial content of stand-up comedy wasn’t sarcasm or observational comedy. It had standard gags that involved gold-digging females, harping ladies, problems with money, and chasing unattainable women.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, America pioneered the concept of stand-up comedy, an art form that was an odd kind of basic, no-frills entertainment. A person facing a crowd, with a mic in hand, has to make them laugh.

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