Pure and Simple: Music as a Personal and Comedic Resource in Car Share

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Abstract

This chapter examines Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC1, 2015) to consider the ways it represents pop music as both a resource which the characters draw on to make sense of their lives and, by virtue of this, a fertile site for comedy. One way the programme does this is by showing how pop functions as a marker of taste and a resource for the enactment of cultural snobbery. Here we suggest that the programme’s comedy can – in certain respects – be understood via the superiority theory of humour. However, we also go on to argue that superiority is not, in fact, the key way in which humour functions in the series. Rather, what might at first appear to be a comedy which mocks the granting of undue significance to pop music, instead ultimately offers up as humorous attempts to deny the powerful personal emotional resonances that such supposedly simple culture can facilitate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusic in Comedy Television
Subtitle of host publicationNotes on Laughs
EditorsLiz Giuffre, Philip Hayward
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN (Electronic)9781315639284
ISBN (Print)978-1138193581, 9781138193567
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2017

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