2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Building the Quintessential Comedian: A Demographic Analysis
Danny L. Hearst*, Max V. McDermott, Evan C. Bruce, Emily E. Koenig, Taylor M. Moore, Priyanka Prabhu, Jared S. Luebbert, Elizabeth S. Rehfeldt, Melissa L. Stockwell, and Deyvnn C. Campbell
Dr. Mark Hatala, Faculty Mentor

Demographic information of Comedy Central's top one hundred stand up comedians was analyzed to find the characteristics that define the quintessential comedian. Through chi square analysis, comedians from this selection were found to be significantly over-represented (p<.005) by men, high school dropouts, individuals born into a low socioeconomic status, and individuals born into Jewish families. One comedian from this selection, Lenny Bruce, was found to have all of these characteristics and was ranked third on Comedy Central's top one hundred list.

Keywords: comedy, demographics, culture, psychology

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 10-2
Location: GEO-SUB
Time: 3:30

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