Contents

Introduction:   The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humour and Comedy.

     Michael Pickering and Sharon Lockyer

1.  Comic Racism and Violence.

     Michael Billig

2. Race and Ethnicity in Popular Humour.

    Dennis Howitt and Kwame Owusu-Bempah

3.  Humour and the Conduct of Politics.

     John Morreall

4.  Parody and Decorum: Permission to Mock.

    Jerry Palmer

5. Breaking the Mould: Conversations with Omid Djalili and Shazia          

    Mirza.

     Sharon Lockyer and Michael Pickering

6. Merry Hell: Humour Competence and Social Incompetence.

    Ken Willis

7. Privacy, Embarrassment and Social Power: British Sitcom.

    Frances Gray

8. Comedies of Sexual Morality and Female Singlehood.

    Deborah Chambers

9. The Ambiguities of Comic Impersonation.

    Michael Pickering and Sharon Lockyer