'Is That Funny?': Comedy and Politics/ Politics and Comedy

The next Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR) and Magna Carta Institute (MCI) Comedy, Politics and Populism event takes place in February 2018 during the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Across the globe, comedians are becoming politicians and politicians are becoming comedians. Do politicians make successful comedians? Do comedians make good politicians? Why are so many politicians attempting comedy and vice-versa? These questions, and more, will be hotly debated by an expert panel. Come along and have your say!
Panellists include:

  • James Brassett (Reader in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick)
  • Delia Chiaro (Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Bologna and former president of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS))
  • Kate Fox (stand-up poet, comedian, writer and practice-based researcher at the University of Leeds)
  • Peter Wilkin (Reader in Sociology and Communications at Brunel University London)

Chaired by Simon Weaver (Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, Brunel University London)
For more information please click here.  

This event is also part of the Beyond a Joke Series - a series of talks and events exploring contemporary issues in stand-up comedy organised by Big Difference Company, Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CSSR), De Montfort University and Beyondthejoke. For more information about the Beyond a Joke series please see: http://comedy-festival.co.uk/beyond-a-joke/