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A one-person show (one-man show or one-woman show) is a solo performance, featuring a comedian or actor who stands on stage and entertains an audience.
While a one-person show may be the musings of a comedian on a theme, the form can accommodate a wider scope. In the preface of the book Extreme Exposure, editor Jo Bonney uses the term "solo performance" to encompass those performers who do not necessarily have a comedic history. She suggests that "at the most basic level, despite their limitless backgrounds and performance styles, all solo performers are
Bonney also suggests that a distinctive trait of solo performance resides in its frequent lack of a
When creating a show, a solo performer is not limited to creating and performing the show themselves. They can use
We may assume that individuals have told stories in front of other members of their tribe or society for thousands of years. They would have
One person shows enjoyed an unprecedented artistic and commercial vogue in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century (John S. Gentile Calls it the golden age of platform performance). Literary historians often associate the
By the 1960s, the term