Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR)

Broadway comedy sign 


The Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR) is an international research centre devoted to the academic study of comedy. As an interdisciplinary centre it considers the production, content, reception and wider socio-political implications of comedy in a variety of formats and from a range of perspectives. The Centre successfully brings together leading academics and writers in the fields of media and communications, sociology, psychology, theatre, drama, film and television, computing, English, creative writing and social work.


The Centre has strong links with the comedy industry and is supported by five CCSR Ambassadors:

  • Jo Brand– Comedian, writer, actress and Brunel Honorary Graduate.
  • Nitin Ganatra– Actor (e.g. Eastenders and Mumbai Calling).
  • Lee Mack- Comedian, writer, actor and Brunel Honorary Graduate.
  • Simon Minty– Co-founder and Producer of Abnormally Funny People.
  • Geoff Rowe– Director & Founder of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.

All of our research and teaching is strongly underpinned by the belief that comedy is socially, culturally, politically and economically significant at local, national and international levels.

Jo Brand - Permission granted for use on CCRS pages only.

"I am really pleased to be an Ambassador for the Centre for Comedy Studies Research at Brunel University. As an ex Brunel student it's great to see that comedy is being taken seriously by the institution that provided me with many big laughs when I was there. I wish the Centre good luck for its future and apologise that there is no punchline to this."
~Jo Brand

Page last updated: Monday 14 April 2014