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One Hour Laugh

Barbara Cleveland

In One Hour Laugh the four members of Barbara Cleveland perform a routine of endurance laughter. Over the course of the hour, their laughter travels between tedium to strain, to genuine hilarity, to humiliation. Barbara Cleveland’s unsettling laughter parodies the austerity of performance art documentation through overt theatricality and seemingly senseless enjoyment.

60 minutes
The One Hour Laugh, 2009 (Excerpt), – via Vimeo 
Brown Council, One Hour Laugh, 2009
Brown Council, One Hour Laugh, 2009