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Discourse Construction of Gender and Sexuality in Nigerian Stand-up Comedy

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stand-up comedy is an integral part of popular culture. In sub-Saharan African countries, it is fast becoming the leading form of entertainment and avenue for critiquing culture. My project examines how stand-up comedy jokes make visible sociocultural issues, such as gender and sexuality. Specifically, it focuses on the discourse construction of gender in narratives of Nigerian stand-up comedians. As discourse analysis, my project explores how Nigerian stand-up comedians have accommodated discriminatory perspectives on gender as part of their resources for humor. I will account for how they use their routines for enshrining or combating such perspectives within Nigerian popular culture.