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Jocelyn Buckner


It is said that the most valuable tool an education at a liberal arts university is how it produces well rounded people with a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. To produce people not only aware of current issues, but with the toolbelt needed to assess them and shed new light. If this is true, then I propose that the goals of liberal arts university are synonymous with the goals of a comedian.

In this thesis, I mean to draw ties to the world of stand up comedy and within the world of liberal arts academia. I will draw parallels to both the comic and the liberal arts throughout history, the effects both have had on society, and ultimately will create a hypothetical class about stand up comedy to be taught within the university level.


Presented at the Fall 2014 Undergraduate Student Research Day at Chapman University.