Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Chair: Ian Brodie (Cape Breton University)
When Is a Joke? Insights from Legend Scholarship for the Study of Stand-Up Comedy Repertoire Development
Ian Brodie (Cape Breton University)
This session explores a wide variety of folk humor from an equally diverse set of folkgroups and concludes with a consideration of a prevalent analytic descriptor of how folk humor works. The first three presenters examine, in turn: Jokes by and about parrots through time and across cultures, Mormon missionaries’ surprisingly ribald pranks and anecdotes, and the “half-life” of humorous narratives in standup comedy. Finally, Elliott Oring will consider the strengths, limitations, and future prospects of his long-influential concept of “appropriate incongruity” to folk humor study going forward.