Professor Nick Marx weighs in on the return of sketch comedy

Nick Marx interviewed by the CBC on resurgence of sketch comedy television In a recent Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) article covering the return of the popular Canadian sketch comedy show Kids in the Hall, which originally aired in the 90s, Marx explained, “The rise of social media and YouTube has made it tougher for new […]

“The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity”

Kiah Bennett’s paper published in Television & New Media Ph.D. student Kiah Bennett has published the paper “The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity” in Television & New Media. Abstract: This essay theorizes a millennial-era iteration of stand-up comedy: refractive comedy. Through close textual analysis of Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette (2018), I argue refractive […]

“That’s not funny: How the right makes comedy work for them”

Nick Marx’s new book published by University of California Press Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Nick Marx and Boston College Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department Matt Sienkiewicz have published the book That’s Not Funny: How the Right Makes Comedy Work for Them. About the book: A rousing call for liberals […]

“(W)reckoning dual pandemics through food and hip-hop topoi: An analysis of Ghetto Gastro’s Afrocentric PCI rhetoric”

Mitch Combs and Kristen Herring’s article published in Popular Culture Studies Journal Ph.D. students Mitch Combs and Kristen Herring have published the article “(W)reckoning dual pandemics through food and hip-hop topoi: An analysis of Ghetto Gastro‘s Afrocentric PCI rhetoric” in Popular Culture Studies Journal. Excerpt: Contemporary chefs are pushing the boundaries of their work beyond the kitchen, […]

“A transcription system for nonverbal listening behavior”

Elizabeth Parks and Kiah Bennett’s article published in International Journal of Listening Assistant Professor Elizabeth Parks and Ph.D. student Kiah Bennett have published the article “A transcription system for nonverbal listening behavior” in International Journal of Listening. Abstract: Nonverbal communication behavior is central to the communicative performance of listening. Yet listening scholarship has primarily been […]

“Home economics: Sitcom capitalism, conservative comedy, and media conglomeration in post-network television”

Nick Marx’s article published in Communication, Culture & Critique Associate Professor Nick Marx has published the article “Home economics: Sitcom capitalism, conservative comedy, and media conglomeration in post-network television” in Communication, Culture & Critique, volume 16, issue 1, March 2022. Abstract: This article argues that conservative comedy has become a considerable cultural force in the service […]

Reconnecting at the 2022 WSCA Convention

Last month, communication studies scholars were excited to gather from around the region for their first in-person Western States Communication Association (WSCA) annual convention since the COVID-19 pandemic began. They met up in Portland, Oregon, where CSU hosted a special reception for graduate students, faculty, and alumni one night to celebrate.  Many of our faculty […]