Ian Wilkie

Ian Wilkie is a lecturer at the University of Salford, UK. He previously worked in the field of education and now works in comedy and performance studies. He is the editor of the journal “Comedy Studies” and has written on comic performance.

The Donald's Wrestling Presidency

Aug 24, 2018

The self-styled The Donald appears to approach the performance of the presidential office as a reframing of the professional wrestling industry’s shtick. Recent attention has turned to how Donald Trump might model aspects of the business of his presidency on that of the multi-million valued American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)...

Sacha Baron Cohen: Is He Wrong to Make Fools of the Unwitting?

Jul 21, 2018

Sacha Baron Cohen may encourage his dupes to succumb to a level of unfortunate self-exposure, but he doesn’t force them to say anything that they don’t want to say. “There is no such thing as bad publicity,” as the 19th-century showman and godfather of fake publicity P.T. Barnum may (or...