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:

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

‘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:
Feature on Neurodiversity and comedy
Interview with Ciarán Dowd
Interview with Rosie Jones and Tim Renkow
Twitter and comedy
Reviews: Jack Docherty’s Nothing But, Rob Rouse’s No Refunds, Jay Lafferty’s Blether, Hannah Gadsby’s Douglas,

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:
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