Events Calendar
May 1
13:00 - 18:00
Comedy and Mental Health: Future Directions

At this workshop, eight speakers from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds will deliver short presentations on what they consider the most pressing questions and challenges for future research on mental health and comedy, especially stand-up comedy. The event is designed to stimulate further research into comedy and mental health by identify new research topics, exchanging methodological strategies and explore interdisciplinary and collaborative research. All welcome. 


  • Dr Dieter Declercq, Assistant Lecturer in Film and Media, University of Kent
  • Dr Matt Hargrave, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts, University of Northumbria
  • Caitlin Hogan, Stand-up Comedian, Ohio University
  • Dr Sharon Lockyer, Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Communications, University of Brunel
  • Prof Mary Luckhurst, Head of School of Arts, University of Bristol
  • Dr Shaun May, Senior Lecturer in Drama, University of Kent
  • Lynne Parker, CEO Funny Women
  • Dr Nicola Streeten, Illustrator and Graphic Novelist


13:00-14:30: Session 1

  • Dr Dieter Declercq: "Comedy, Humour and Mental Health. An Attempted Overview and Some New Directions." 
  • Dr Sharon Lockyer: "Notes on Future Research Directions in Stand-up Comedy and Mental Health."
  • Dr Shaun May: "Taking of the Mask and Laughing: Autistic Humour, Passing and Mental Health."

14:30-15:00: Break

15:00-16:30: Session 2

  • Dr Nicola Streeten: "When Is It OK to Laugh at Comics and Cartoons About Mental Health Issues?"
  • Prof Mary Luckhurst: "Women Stand-Ups, Self-Denigrating Comedy and Mental Wellbeing."
  • Cait Hogan: "Working Through Trauma in Dark Comedy without Self-Degradation."

16:30-17:00: Break

17:00-18:00: Session 3

  • Lynne Parker: "Has the Growth of Stand-Up Comedy Contributed to Greater Awareness of Mental Health Issues?"
  • Dr Matt Hargrave: "The Use of Comic Persona in Stand-Up Comedy and Mental Health." 

Please email Dr Dieter Declercq by 20 April to register.


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Aphra and Lumley Building,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom
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Contact: Dr Dieter Declercq


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