A multitude of research has been conducted on the effects of expressing trauma through comedic works and the effects that it has on an individual and communities. In this thesis, the central research question is: how do people and communities use comedy to heal, express themselves, and share experiences? In answering this question an analysis of previous comedic works and research will be conducted in order to apply these techniques to an original comedic routine. Through the composition of the original comedic routine, the firsthand effects of expressing trauma through comedy will be explored as well as the effects that it can have on a community. Further, the specific context and trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects it has had on students will be explored.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2021


Matthew L. Johnson

Mentor Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Institute for Creative and Collaborative Arts

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level




Department Name when Degree Awarded

Government and Economics