2016–ALA San Francisco


ALA 2016

American Humor Studies Association

Organizer: Jim Caron, caron@hawaii.edu


Sketch Comedy: from Antebellum Periodicals to TV and New Media Forms

Organized by the American Humor Studies Association


Chair: Tracy Wuster, University of Texas, Austin

  1. “Mixed Men in Black Hoodies: Race and New Media in The Key and Peele Show,” Daniel Meyerend, Idaho State University
  1. “A Feminist ‘Boys’ Club’: The Feminism of Saturday Night Live’s Early Sketch Comedy, 1975-1978,” Kathryn Kein, George Washington University
  1. “Joseph C. Neal’s Charcoal Sketches: Inventing the Comic Urban Frontier,” David E. E. Sloane, University of New Haven

Audio-visual equipment required: projector/screen


Humorists, Satirists, Cultural Critique

Organized by the American Humor Studies Association

Chair and Respondent: James Caron, University of Hawaiʽi, Mānoa


  1. “Woman, Machines, and the Politics of Humor in Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” Hoi Na (Stephanie) Kung, Indiana University
  1. “Curators of the Absurd: Contemporary Comedians as Prophets of Confrontation and Jesters of Delight,” Chris Margrave, Texas State University, San Marcos


Audio-visual equipment required: none











Humor and Children’s Literature

Organized by the Children’s Literature Society and the American Humor Studies Association


Chair: Jennifer Hughes, Averett University


  1. “‘I Will Chomp You Buster!’: Examining Contemporary Picture Book Storytelling and Humour,” Natalie Schembri, University of British Columbia


  1. “Humor for Children: Dav Pilkey’s Literary Success in Challenging the Boundaries of Childhood Mischief,” Eva Nwokah and Vanessa Lopez, Our Lady of the Lake University


  1. “Going Sideways with George and Martha: James Marshall’s Queer Comic Genius, Deirdre Baker, University of Toronto


Audio-visual equipment required: projector/screen

Requested Slot: Friday morning or afternoon