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Art and comedy, where "the crackpot can thrive"
interesting take on the future of performance art in the village voice:
"Have You Heard the One About the Art Scene Embracing Comedians?"
suggests, like Andy Kaufman, the place for new performance artists is the stand up stage.
Says that New York's comedy scene "feels a little like the '50s in the New York art world."
"Art and comedy have always circled around each other, intermingling. There are funny artists—Marcel Duchamp, John Baldessari, and Maurizio Cattelan—and comedians whose work feels like performance art: Charlie Chaplin, Andy Kaufman, or Zach Galifianakis. Right now, a groundswell of interest in comedy among artists and curators is bringing the two lineages closer than ever."
"Curator Miriam Katz's showcase of experimental comedy will run at MOMA P.S.1 on March 19. The lineup includes Jon Glaser, Dave Hill, Jenny Slate, Reggie Watts, Maeve Higgins, and Rory Scovel—performers who bend the conventions of stand-up, sketch comedy, journalism, music, and talk radio. MOMA has presented comedy before, but Katz says it's usually "Here's the 'real' art, and we'll have comedians respond to it." In her program, comedians are being presented as artists."