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Dana Renga (The Ohio State University) – “Dark Serial Humor: Jokes Are Never Telling”

February 12, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

4:00 pm CT / 5:00 pm EST

Dark Serial Humor sketches out why recent Italian television comedy has, with few exceptions, remained a local phenomenon as it is rarely exported beyond the nation’s borders. The talk then looks at some moments of serial humor in four of Italy’s most popular, recent tv (non comedy) exports with an eye towards unpacking that dark humor that occurs in highly distressing narratives (Gomorrah. The SeriesSuburra Blood on RomeThe Young Pope, and We Are Who We Are). In the end, this talk suggests that a complex web of factors relating to, for example, marketing and distribution practices and co-production partners, confirms that Italian serial comic relief is more local than global.

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