Comedy and Politics: Putting the ‘Mock’ into Democracy – 18 November

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

Everyone very welcome. To register for the event, please go to:

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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