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Congress 2012, the National Post, and the fallout…

My conference paper, “Single, Awkward, Female: Debra DiGiovanni and the rise of the female stand-up comic in Canadian popular culture”, was picked up by the National Post to be covered as part of their “Oh the Humanities” section featuring work presented at Congress 2012. This research discusses the success and visibility of DiGiovanni in Canadian [...]

Cultural Production and the Digital Humour Economy

I have just uploaded a brief paper based upon my research at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, one of the most significant meetings of performers, producers, agents and networks involved in the comedy industry. This document includes some analysis that is no longer being used in my dissertation, and that I have [...]

Kate Taylor (Globe and Mail) reports that TV’s writer’s rooms are as male dominated as ever

In recent years, the success of female writers/comedians such as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler has led to much praise about the changing fortunes of women working in the entertainment industry. However, in an article published in The Globe and Mail, Kate Taylor asks, “If women are so hot on TV this fall, why are [...]

“Comediennes” on FOD

Well it has been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been busy trying to finish up my dissertation. The good news is the end northwestern states cement routing code is in sight! In the meantime, a friend sent me a funny clip from Funny or Die the other day. A Day in the Life of [...]

Comedy & Conflict – University of Salford 2nd & 3rd June 2011

I’ve just attended a fantastic comedy conference in Salford. Comedy and Conflict, organized by Chris Lee and David James,  is the 5th International Comedy Conference held annually in the greater Manchester area. I presented on Canadian sketch comedy, my first attempt to discuss this research with a non-Canadian audience. Much to my surprise, The Kids [...]

Medical Clowns and IVF: A Dialogue with Rebecca Scott

A story is making the rounds in various news sources that researchers in Israel have shown that women who were visited by a “medical clown” after receiving in vitro fertilization treatment had a 16% higher rate of pregnancy than women who did not receive this followup visit. As my colleague, Rebecca Scott, studies science and [...]

You can have a sense of humour, but please don’t be funny…

Check out this story from The Independent offering yet another discussion of why women aren’t, or ought not to be, funny. A recent study has found that when looking for a partner, men value women who are receptive to humour, but don’t want a woman that cracks jokes. In fact being funny is a turn-off [...]

The funny woman paradox

A recent article published in the Globe and Mail has once again brought the issue of women’s humour under scrutiny. In “Why women aren’t as funny as men: Maybe it’s our material,” columnist Leah Mclaren—a funny woman herself—asks if perhaps there is some truth to Christopher Hitchen’s controversial argument that women lack a funny bone. [...]

New Issue of Feminist Media Studies

The latest issue of Feminist Media Studies (Vol.10, Iss. 4) was published in December and I am happy to say that I have a short article in the Commentary and Criticism section: “Women, Humour, and Feminism.” In the past two issues, C&C editors Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes have done an excellent job bringing together [...]

Guy Earle and the Stand-up Victim

Last week I attended a show at Joker’s Comedy Club in Halifax. While the show was hosted by a very funny female comic, the opener, middler, and headliner were all the familiar breed of white, heterosexual, male humorist with which the Canadian comedy scene seems to be flooded. This mathematical majority did not, however, prevent [...]

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