Go here for more information on the programme for the day as it develops, and information on themes and people.

Our main theme is the value of comedy: as art and performance, as part of social debate, as representation and expression of identities, and in the creative industries. Some of our contributions are academic papers, including performance as practice, some are conversations, debates and other kinds of presentations.

Friday 11th August Schedule:

10.00 – 10.30    Registration and coffee

10.30 – 11.45   Introduction Philip Drake, Queen Margaret University, Director of the Research Centre for Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

Keynotes: valuing comedy

Sharon Lockyer, Director of the international Centre for Comedy Studies Research at Brunel University London

Oliver Double, Director of the Popular and Comic Performance Research Centre at the University of Kent

12.00 – 13.15    Papers: comedy and the representation of regional, gendered and other identities.

Mary Irwin, Northumbria University: “Ah hink it’s time for suttin blue n a BAILEYS!” “- Subverting Scottish Male Identities in Gary: Tank Commander.

Daryl Perrins, University of South Wales: Barry Islands in the Stream’: Brexit, Heresy, Stereotype and the Welsh Sit-Com.

Kate Fox, University of Leeds: Stand-Up Performance as Resistance and In-Betweenness: class and a stand-up performance auto/ethnography.


14.30 –  16.00 Presentations and discussion: Comedy in the creative industries and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Brett Mills, University of East Anglia and Evan Beswick, Fest Magazine: a discussion on the value of reviewing comedy shows

Ben Mallaby, London South Bank University: The economics of the Fringe for comedians.

Iain Davie, Napier University, Edinburgh: The Fringe: is it worth it? Our student performers on the Fringe.

followed by a final Round-up of our themes with a glass of wine or Irn Bru.