A solitary figure, a microphone and a stool. Those are the primary
images of stand-up comedy — as reliable and ubiquitous as a
book’s cover, spine and chapter titles.
But there is another element in the iconography, and it’s the most
revealing: The water bottle.
I’ve thought about this offhandedly for years, whenever I watch standup. Zinoman took the deep dive. A fascinating piece, well-illustrated.