Contribution to Book
A Reader in the Philosophy of the Arts
Lee B. Brown, David Goldblatt, and Stephanie Patridge
Stand-up comedy has been largely ignored by analytic philosophers of art, including those interested in comedy and humor. This is somewhat surprising, given the immense popularity of stand-up comedy and the rock star status enjoyed by some comedians today. I suspect that philosophers are just as likely to enjoy stand-up comedy as anyone else; in some cases (i.e. for some philosophers and some comedians), probably more likely. Here I offer some reasons philosophers of art should take the time to consider stand-up comedy and possible explanation for why philosophers of art have paid far less attention to stand-up comedy than to other arts.
Lintott, Sheila, "“Why (not) philosophy of stand-up comedy?”" (2017). Faculty Contributions to Books. 110.