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The Jokes' on____. Considerations on Ethics in Comedic Storytelling

Vicky Maier


THE JOKE’S ON _____. is a practice-led research aimed at enabling dialogues on ethical considerations in comedy and advocate for its transformation into an inclusive art form. Comedic storytelling is a form of expression that has the power to evoke laughter, shed light on social issues, and bring people together. However, it can also be used as a tool for oppression, marginalization, and harm. This thesis explores the ethical implications of comedy, focusing on the analysis of jokes and the identification of cis-normative structures within the comedy field. To disrupt these structures, the thesis proposes the use of storytelling, puppetry, drag, and hosting as methods of challenging societal norms and promoting inclusivity. It emphasizes the importance of reclaiming comedy spaces to empower disadvantaged individuals, challenge patriarchal systems, and envision a more inclusive future. Through these efforts, the research seeks to contribute to the transformation of comedy into an art form that actively engages with ethics, promotes dialogue, and creates positive social change.

Supervisor: daz disley External mentor: Sahand Sahebdivani

Storytelling, Comedy, Ethics in Comedy, Audience Engagement

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