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Make Them Giggle: Auto/Ethnography as Stand-up Comedy

Creative Approaches to Research
Volume 1 Issue 2 (2008)

Abstract: The article is a response to Norman Denzin's call to performance in qualitative research methods and advocates using humour when performing auto/ethnography. I contend that auto/ethnography is too mired in negative and depressing lived experiences, such as death, disease, cruelty, and health problems. If auto/ethnography is meant to be therapeutic, the best medicine is often laughter. The essay calls for using stand-up comedy methods when performing ethnographic texts. Indeed, many comedians are already engaging in auto/ethnography, they simply do not know it or give it that label. Examples of humorous performance texts are interwoven with theory, method, and discussion about the auto/ethnographer's moral responsibilities and ethics.

To cite this article: Hemmingson, Michael. Make Them Giggle: Auto/Ethnography as Stand-up Comedy [online]. Creative Approaches to Research, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2008: doi: 10.3316/CAR0102009. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=426316103410647;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1835-9434. [cited 15 Feb 16].

Personal Author: Hemmingson, Michael; Source: Creative Approaches to Research, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2008: 9-22 DOI: 10.3316/CAR0102009 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1835-9434 EISSN: 1835-9442 Subject: Ethnology; Wit and humor; Performance art; Stand-up comedy; Peer Reviewed: Yes

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection