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We are committed to the development of strategic partnerships with businesses, industry and the not-for-profit sector that will enhance impactful research and high quality funded research. We are also open to strategic collaborations with high quality academic establishments that will enhance opportunities for large-scale funded projects, DTCs and staff exchanges.

CCSR Ambassadors

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.

The CCSR also has 8 international Affiliated Researchers who are esteemed academics in the field and have collaborated with CCSR members:

  • Professor Delia Chiaro (University of Bologna)
  • Dr Oliver Double (University of Kent)
  • Dr Sam Friedman (LSE)
  • Professor Giselinde Kuipers (University of Amsterdam)
  • Dr James Leggott (Northumbria University)
  • Dr Brett Mills (University of East Anglia)
  • Professor Jessica Milner Davis (University of Sydney)
  • Dr Louise Peacock (University of Southern California).  

In addition, the CCSR’s Advisory Group is made up of 11 leading figures from the comedy industry and key comedy studies academics. Members are:  

  • Steve Bennett  (Editor of Chortle.co.uk)
  • Mark Boosey and Aaron Brown (Editors of The British Comedy Guide)
  • Bruce Dessau (London Evening Standard Comedy Critic and Founder of Beyond The Joke website)
  • Dr Roger Clegg (De Montfort University)
  • DR CP Lee (Mancunian Film Company Archive Curator and Northern Comedy expert)
  • Moira (Smith) Marsh (Humour Folklorist, Indiana University)
  • Dr Chris Ritchie (Editor of Comedy Studies)
  • Professor Roger Sabin (University of the Arts London)
  • Dr Ian Wilkie (London Comedy Forum Convenor and University of Salford Manchester)
  • Deborah Williams (Executive Director at Creative Diversity Network, Writer and Producer)

Please contact us to find out about collaborating with our experts.