Student assesses self-belief of comedians

linda bonner

29 April 2015

Visiting comedy clubs, analysing the behaviour of comedians and interviewing over 100 funnymen and women formed the basis of an Aston Postgraduate’s MSc study.

Student Linda Bonner assessed the importance of motivation and self-belief for comedians as the basis for her MSc in Organisational Behaviour research

Linda, who is a lecturer at Birmingham Metropolitan College, spent the past three years visiting comedy clubs, meeting some of the country’s most famous comedians, who for the purpose of the study have remained anonymous. Sutton Coldfield Comedy Junction Club was one of the venues regularly visited by Linda to collect her research.

The business studies teacher found a range of motivational and self-belief factors affecting comedians, including the more in tune the comedian feels with their audience, the better their future performances are.

The mum-of-three said of the experience: “There is an awful lot of brains in comedy. A lot of comedians have academic qualifications and academic kudos. I have a lot of admiration for them. If you see the same comedian twice within three months you might hear the same joke, they are constantly changing their material and that’s where self-belief comes into it."

She added: “I loved the challenge of returning to study and re-engage with my subject. In particular, the challenge of getting to grips with academic research was especially rewarding and I have great respect for the lecturers that helped me through the process.”

Linda lists Ross Noble, Tim Vine and Gary Delaney among her favourite comedy acts.


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