“Jagshemash!” Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, was a guest speaker at the Centre for Comedy Studies Research, Brunel University, where he gave a research paper: “No Laughing Matter?: Race, Identity and the Humour of Sacha Baron Cohen”.
Baron Cohen is well-known as the creator of comic personae Ali G and Borat, the spoof Kazakh television reporter. Both characters created controversy with their TV and feature film appearances. Dr Howells’ research on race, humour and identity investigates the sociological content of popular comedy.