AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 8, Number 1. February 2024 Pp. 112-121

An Overview Concerning the Monologue and Stand-up Comedy

Noorulhuda Adnan Ahmed Aladhami

Department of English Language, College of Basic Education
Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, ‎Iraq


A theatrical production is usually seen as a blending of acting, dancing, singing, and spoken conversation, known as musical theatre. Furthermore, a musical’s storyline and emotional elements, which include humour, sorrow, love, and wrath, are communicated through words, music, dance, and technical aspects of the performance. ‎This paper explores the similarities and differences between two dramatic performances: stand-up comedy and monologue. The significance of this paper is to examine the gap in dramaturgical history to link between different forms of performances concerning the past and the present time, such as the link between stand-up comedy and a monologue. The quest has provided a vibrant resemblance to say that stand-up comedy is a natural evolution of a monologue presented with modern styles and ideas. The performer, whether a comedian or monologist, is mostly perceived to express a performer’s thoughts clearly, though occasionally directly addressing another character or spectators. The show in both performances requires a rhetorical act, where a crowd interface is used as part of their set or practice. Finally, a solo performer can be called a monologist or stand-up comedian, whether found on stage, television, or written verse, who presents their art to entertain or deliver a definite message to an active or passive spectator. The content usually takes the shape of a song or sarcastic speech that may start with a personal memory of the presenter, considered a public or common issue in society.

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Aladhami, N.A.A.    (2024). An Overview Concerning the Monologue and Stand-up Comedy. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 8 (1): 112-121.


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Asst. Lect. Noorulhuda Adnan Aladhami holds MA., teaches at the Department of English Language, College of Basic Education, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq. Her major is English Literature. She received her M.A. from the University of Yeniyuzyil, Istanbul, Turkey.
ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8529-6028