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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Literary Vaudeville : Lennie Lower’s Comic Journalism
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'It is entirely possible that vaudeville never really died—at least not in Australia. Susan Lever, for one, has observed that vaudeville-style, self-consciously performative ‘characters’ have had a surprising afterlife in Australian culture. Against the scarcity of successful home-grown sitcoms, she notes the preference of local audiences for revue-style sketch comedy, as well as ‘character’-based variety shows centred upon such diverse comic figures as Graham Kennedy, Norman Gunston (Garry McDonald), and Roy and HG (John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver)—to which might be added Paul Hogan and Shaun Micallef. Even Jane Turner and Gina Riley’s caricatural Kath & Kim suggests that ‘the Australian taste for comedy remains firmly on the side of vaudeville’ (238).' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon JASAL Unsettled and Unsettling : Negotiating Reconciliation, Recognition, Reparation vol. 16 no. 1 2016 9691798 2016 periodical issue 2016
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