Lecture: The Rise of Right-Wing Comedy (Nick Marx, Colorado State University)

Wednesday, October 12 2022 3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Curtin Hall, Room 368 (3243 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI)

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Please join us at 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday, October 12th in Curtin Hall 368 for a lecture and Q&A with Dr. Nick Marx, author of That’s Not Funny: How the Right Makes Comedy Work for Them. 

That’s Not Funny argues that it is both an intellectual and politically strategic mistake to assume that comedy has a liberal bias. Right-wing comedy has been hiding in plain sight, finding its way into mainstream conservative media through figures ranging from Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld to libertarian podcasters like Joe Rogan.

Selected as a 2022 Best Comedy Book by Vulture, That’s Not Funny taps interviews with conservative comedians and observations of them in action. You may find many of these comedians appalling, some very funny, and others just plain weird. They are all, however, culturally and politically relevant as the American right attempts to seize spaces of comedy and irony previously held firmly by the left. Like this brand of humor or not, you can’t ignore it.

Nick Marx is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University.


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Virtual Craft Talk and Reading with Omar El-Akkad

Please join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) for a virtual event with award-winning Egyptian-Canadian author and international war correspondent Omar El Akkad, for a reading and craft lecture, “Lies of Our Own Making: The Obligations of Literature in a Politically Fractured Age,” followed by a Q&A session/conversation. This event is hosted by Plan C with the support of the Boudreaux Foundation.
To register for access to this event, please click here. This event is free and open to the public. 

El Akkad has reported on the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials in Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt, and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. El Akkad’s latest book is the critically acclaimed best-selling novel, American War. 

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