Michael Dalebout

Dissertation Title

Just Joking: Stand-up Comedy as Technology, Rhetoric, and Identity

Research Interests

philosophy of technology, rhetoric of selfhood, public oratory, aesthetics and politics, histories and theories of comedy



My current project investigates the role of technology in contemporary American stand-up comedy during the last decade. In general, I research humanity’s ineluctable, agonistic relationship with technology, leveraging insights from many disciplines—including science and technology studies, critical theory, political and aesthetic theory, philosophy, rhetoric, and film and media studies—to understand how our technical objects and practices persuade us. My scholarship considers the processes through which technology organizes personal and political experiences of human life; I write about exemplary ways in which people … read more