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University of Saskatchewan

1. McFarlane, Brent R. Joke Book.

Degree: 2016, University of Saskatchewan

Joke Book is a creative thesis, a collection of comic personal essays, somewhat in the spirit of Montaigne, in which I trace the impact of several pivotal jokes on my life. Among other digressions, I give a mathematical theory of comedy using the Fibonacci sequence, mostly fail to read Kierkegaard’s Repetition, try to blame lutefisk for the bitter character of Saskatchewan humour, reflect on my experiences in Skit Skit (a mildly successful local sketch comedy troupe in my city of 250,000), and tell of the time my father brought home his malfunctioning Wang (Laboratories Computer). In the process, I give an incomplete though still exhaustive account of my life and my surroundings (namely, rural Saskatchewan since 1985), and reflect on racism, class, sexism, television, memes, hip-hop, and, again, lutefisk. Sometimes bordering on the absurd, the work is more footnotes than actual prose, and more sizzle than steak. It also details the author’s complicity in the wrongful accusation and subsequent murder of a chicken in 1993, when the author was eight years old. Advisors/Committee Members: Findlay, Leonard, Parkinson, David, Surtees, Doug, Lynes, Jeanette.

Subjects/Keywords: humour; numbers; math in comedy; fibonacci; saskatchewan; rural saskatchewan; memoir; autobiography; repetition; repetition in comedy; comedy; jokes; joke; joke book

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APA (6th Edition):

McFarlane, B. R. (2016). Joke Book. (Thesis). University of Saskatchewan. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10388/7482

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

McFarlane, Brent R. “Joke Book.” 2016. Thesis, University of Saskatchewan. Accessed July 14, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10388/7482.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

McFarlane, Brent R. “Joke Book.” 2016. Web. 14 Jul 2020.

Vancouver:

McFarlane BR. Joke Book. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Saskatchewan; 2016. [cited 2020 Jul 14]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10388/7482.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

McFarlane BR. Joke Book. [Thesis]. University of Saskatchewan; 2016. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10388/7482

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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