Sunday, August 14, 2016


An illustration of a theater crowd booing stage performers
Writers and artists may have their works booed, but COMEDIANS
face LIVE  focused contempt from a unified crowd.  Comedy might evolve through
the decades like fashion or music, but crowd disapproval never changes.
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An illustration of a professional jester holding a marotte, 1500s?
500 years ago,  professional JESTERS toured Europe.  That miniature head,  called a marotte,  served as a comedy prop.  Funny funny stuff.

Here's the sound a jester causes
It was common for understudies to apprentice with working jesters.  1200s?
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An illustration of 1498 jesters
Was this comedy team amusing religious hosts in 1498 by mocking science?  Just as likely it was a parody of the amused hosts themselves,  as jesters were  often allowed freedom for the sake of comedy.  A fool  knows this is dangerous,  but that's where the laughs are.
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This looks like somebody's younger brother wanted to get into the
comedy business,  but the kid just didn't have the chops for it.
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There were women JESTERS too . . . in France
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a 1316 woman jester in King Edward ll's court in England
a 1316 woman jester or 'joculatrix' in England politically admonished the king successfully
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many comedians have played anger or dignity to hilarious effect 
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An account of the jester Marchesina at the Milan court of Duke Sforza
"... the fool Marchesina bore so striking a resemblance to the Duke's son in law, Malatesta, that it was thought necessary always to send Marchesina out of Milan whenever Malatesta repaired thither on a visit."
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An illustration of a jester, 1700s?
an outdoor performance, 1700s?
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Actual accounts of the English jester Smug
some actual historic accounts of an obnoxious English jester named 'SMUG'   "How Smug, being drunke in bed, pissed upon his Wife through a cullender instead of a chamber pot"
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A jester, fool, pantaloon, stand-up comic, or funny beggar.
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Robin Good-fellow the 1628 jester also called Hob-Goblin
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An illustration of a jester 1500s?
To perform for the rich and powerful,  he must have
been a comedic genius and a shrewd diplomat.
Wearing his self-humiliating hat,  he was free to
 make daring jokes.  That's what his hosts wanted.
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Ivan the Terrible's jester, in 1500s Russiathe fate of Ivan the Terrible's jester, in 1500s Russia
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cartoon illustrations of an 1889 French clown
cartoon illustrations of an 1889 French clown
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an 1886 French theater comic
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A photograph and description of 1896 phonograph comedian Jack Simonds
An 1896 comedian with racist jokes
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A promotional photograph for 1921 women comedians
In 1921 Hollywood,  women comedians had to disrobe for promotional photos . . .
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Charles Rodrigues 1973 for National Lampoon Magazine
. . . but by 1973 it was all just about the comedy
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A drawing from an old book of a sculpture of 1047ad jesters
An old book drawing of a sculpture of two actual jesters from the year 1047
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