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Caspersen, Randy

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Communication


This research examined the comedy talk shows Billy on the Street (2011-2017), The Eric Andre Show (2012-present), and Ziwe (2021-present) in order to discover the specific types of humor incorporated within their programs. This study searched for the presence of cringe, stand-up, surreal, sketch, and improvisational comedy in each show. The study analyzed each program using the benign violation theory and the hierarchy of influences model. A content analysis of 15 episodes selected across every program found at least three of the five genres present in their content. An additional purpose of this study was to produce a comparable program called *Perhabs I Will… This show was created by the author to formulate her personal brand of comedy, based on discoveries made from observing the content of Billy Eichner, Eric Andre, and Ziwe Fumudoh. Simultaneously conducting research and producing Perhabs I Will… proved effective, as the study informed many decisions made in the production.


67 pages




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