Comedy and Politics: Putting the ‘Mock’ into Democracy
Wednesday 18 November 4-7pm
What role does comedy play in framing election processes, campaigns, parties and politicians? Can political comedy encourage democratic dis/engagement? How far does political comedy influence party campaign strategies? What is the relationship between comedy and the maintenance, disruption or deconstruction of public trust in democratic societies? These questions, and more, will be explored by a panel of experts at the Comedy and Politics: Putting the ‘Mock’ into Democracy panel seminar.
Organised by Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR) at Brunel University and Magna Carta Institute (MCI).
Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Jane Arthurs – expert in television studies, celebrity and gender, convenor of the Social Media Research Group at Middlesex University and currently co-writing a book entitled Russell Brand: Celebrity, Comedy and Politics.
Dr Oliver Double – expert in stand-up comedy, variety theatre and popular performance, Deputy Head of the School of Arts the University of Kent and a stand-up comedian.
Professor Justin Fisher – expert in British and comparative politics, Director of the Magna Carta Institute, Professor of Political Science and Head of Politics, History and the Brunel Law School Department.
Dr Rebecca Higgie – CCSR postdoctoral researcher examining whether politicians gain cultural currency by ‘playing’ with comedians, showing a sense of humour or satirising themselves.
Stand-up comedian and activist, Chris Coltrane will perform a short comedy set.
Venue: Moot Court, Elliott Jacques Building, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
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