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Title: ‘It’s Really Scared of Disability’: Disabled Comedians’ Perspectives of the British Television Comedy Industry
Authors: Lockyer, S
Keywords: Disability;Television comedy;Thematic analysis;Institutional norms;Representation
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: The Journal of Popular Television, 3 (2), pp. 179 - 193 (2015)
Abstract: For over 25 years television broadcasters, regulators and critics have been, and continue to be, united in their desire to increase the number of disabled staff working across the television industry and to improve the representation of disabled people in television programmes. However, little research focusses on the lived experiences of disabled television writers and performers working within the television industry. Via thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with disabled comedy writers and performers, this article specifically focuses on the everyday working experiences of disabled comedy professionals in the contemporary television comedy industry. Two main interconnected themes are highlighted and explored: 1) institutional dynamics of the television comedy industry; and 2) limits of current portrayals of disability in television comedy. These themes reveal the disabling institutional norms experienced by disabled comedy professionals and their critical perceptions of the representations of disability in recent television comedy programmes, including I’m Spazticus and The Last Leg.
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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