About Me

I’m an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, and also a tutor for The Brilliant Club, where I run courses on ‘Taking Comedy Seriously’.

Since completing my PhD in comedy and extremity, I’ve used this website as a platform for continuing my engagement with contemporary comedy.

Recent work includes:

‘Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus: A Comic Anti-Monument’, in Comedy in Crises, Weaponising Humour in Contemporary Art, ed. Chrisoula Lionis, Palgrave Studies in Comedy. April 2023.

‘Stooping To Conquer: The Utopian Vision Of Nicole Eisenman’, The Quietus, May 2021, https://thequietus.com/articles/30028-nicole-eisenman-love-or-generosity-review

Contributions to The Skinny magazine:
Review of Phil Wang: Wang in There Baby!
Feature on ‘Fixing the Fringe’
Interview with Catherine Cohen
Interview with Jessica Fostekew
Interview with Isy Suttie
Fringe reviews 2022: Crybabies: Bagbeard, Amy Gledhill: The Girl Before The Girl You Marry, Sam Nicoresti: Cancel Anti Wokeflake Snow Culture, Heidi Regan Gives Birth Live on Stage Every Night or Your Money Back, Sausage, Egg, Josh Pugh, Chips and Beans, Jess Fostekew: Wench, Sunil Patel: Faster Horses, Tarot: Cautionary Tales, Leo Reich: Literally, Who Cares?, Sikisa: Life of the Party, Chloe Petts: Transience, Ania Magliano: Absolutely No Worries If Not, Julia Masli: CHOOSH!, Shelf: Hair, Sian Davies: About Time
Feature on Best in Class, ‘Championing Working Class Comedy
Feature on Neurodiversity and comedy
Interview with Ciarán Dowd
Interview with Rosie Jones and Tim Renkow
Twitter and comedy
Fringe reviews 2012: Jack Docherty’s Nothing But, Rob Rouse’s No Refunds, Jay Lafferty’s Blether, Hannah Gadsby’s Douglas,

But Is It Funny? podcast, episode 4, season 2 (Feb 2022): Jimmy Carr, Taking Comedy Seriously, Murderville
But Is It Funny? podcast, episode 5, season 2 (Feb 2022): Starstruck, On Criticism, Phat Tuesdays

The Reviews Hub: Waiting for Lefty, JEW…ish, Living Newspaper Edition 5, Tales from the Front Line Parts 5 & 6, The Motherhood Project, General Secretary, The Process Trilogy, Testament, Is Now a Good Time?,

‘Is Comedy Art?’ panel discussion as part of the Beyond a Joke programme at Leicester Comedy Festival, February 2021

Journal articles:
‘Comic License in Contemporary African American Visual Art’, Comedy Studies, Spring 2020, https://doi.org/10.1080/2040610X.2020.1729487

“A little theatrical but mostly athletic”: The mutable erotics of Miranda July’s The First Bad Man‘. Cogent Arts & Humanities, Vol.3, No.1, 2016. DOI: 10.1080/23311983.2016.1256115

‘Miranda July: Interrupting the conventions of the personal’. Notes on Metamodernism, 24 Nov 2014.

Book reviews:

The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction by Huw Marsh, 2023 C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings 10(1): pp. 1–6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/c21.8854

Joking about Jihad: Comedy and Terror in the Arab World by Gilbert Ramsay and Moutaz Alkheder. Studies in American Humor, 2021, Vol.7, No.1, p.240-243

Humour. Terry Eagleton. New Haven: Yale, 2019. 178 pp. Studies in American Humor, 2020, Vol.6, No. 2, p.355-358

Humour in the Arts, New Perspectives. Edited by Vivienne Westbrook and Shun-liang Chao. New York: Routledge, 2019. 230 pp. Studies in American Humor, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2020.
DOI: 10.5325/studamerhumor.6.1.0221

Contact me at emma.sullivan@open.ac.uk