Why Stand-up Matters: How Comedians Manipulate and Influence

by Sophie Quirk. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2015.

This book looks at the social and political impact of stand-up comedy in both its positive and negative forms and explores comedy's role in determining our attitudes and opinions.


ways that comedy manipulation and influence can cause both harm and benefit; exclusive interviews; exploration of the tools that comedians use to manage audience response

Best For

Any congregational leader involved in public speaking, preaching and teaching


Purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Preachers and speakers seeking a better understanding of the use of comedy in public speaking can benefit from understanding the tools of comedians.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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