Comedy, Populism and Donald Trump
The Centre for Comedy Studies Research and the Magna Carta Institute (Brunel University London) present a lively panel discussion that will examine the role of comedy and satire in UK and international politics, with a specific focus on the relationship between US President Donald Trump and comedy and satire.
It aims to engage a broad range of publics with UK and international politics and explore the role of comedy and satire in contemporary politics and populism.
Confirmed speakers include:
Andy Hamilton: Comedian, comedy screenwriter, television director and producer. He is a familiar face on BBC comedy panel shows and was one of the comedy creators of Ballot Monkeys (Channel 4) shown in the run-up to the 2015 General Election. He was the co-creator and co-writer of Power Monkeys (Channel 4), a political comedy series broadcast in the run-up to, and immediately after, the 2016 UK EU membership referendum and also satirised the then ongoing 2016 United States Presidential election campaign. He has also written for The Guardian on Donald Trump, Brexit, fake news and fantasists.
Howard Jacobson: Novelist, journalist and broadcaster. He is recognised for writing comic novels and has won the Man Booker Prize. He is known for his novels J and The Finkler Question. He writes for The Guardian and The Independent newspapers, and regularly appears on radio and television. He has recently written a satirical novel about Donald Trump’s presidency called Pussy: A Novel.
Sophie Quirk: Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent. Sophie she teaches popular and comic performance. She is the author of Why Stand-up Matters: How Comedians Manipulate and Influence (2015). The book explores the social and political influence of contemporary British stand-up comedy.
Jeffrey Karp: Professor in the Division of Politics and History at Brunel University London. Jeffery specialises in research on public opinion, elections and political behaviour. He has worked on eleven externally-funded projects and from 2008-2012 was the Director of the Centre for Elections, Media and Political Parties (CEMaP) at the University of Exeter.
Chaired by Justin Fisher: Head of Department of Social and Political Sciences, and Professor of Political Science, Brunel University London.