Late-night Iraq: Monologue joke content and tone from 2003 to 2007

Michel M. Haigh, Aaron Heresco

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The current study examines late-night comedy about the war in Iraq. Specifically, a content analysis was conducted to examine late-night comedy jokes from March 2003 to March 2007. Results indicate jokes told (N = 986) about Iraq were anti-war, had a negative tone, and depicted the U.S. government negatively. The most common type of comedy employed to discuss Iraq was informative. The topics discussed in the jokes varied. The study also found differences in comedian ideology (anti-war), tone, and depiction of the U.S. government over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
JournalMass Communication and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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