Laughter Beyond the Bell Curve: The Last Leg and Trollied – 4th March 2015 by Margaret Montgomerie
Dr Simon Weaver introduces this Comedy, Health and Disability Seminar that is presented by Margaret Montgomerie (De Montfort University, UK).
Margaret investigates the ways in which disabled comedians function within popular television shows, focusing in particular on Channel 4’s The Last Leg and Sky 1’s Trollied. Margaret explores a range of questions including: do the formats of the programmes, the comedy chat show and the sitcom, automatically suspend normalcy for the purposes of entertainment, creating a temporary space where values and assumptions are turned upside down? And do these programmes have any relationship to the material produced by disabled comedians outside of the mainstream media?