Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


IAS Laughter: David Schneider in conversation with Devorah Baum

15 May 2019, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Devorah David

The IAS is excited to host a wide-ranging public conversation between David Schneider (comedian, screenwriter, and performer) and Devorah Baum (academic and author of The Jewish Joke).

This event is free.

Event Information

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Andrew Dean


IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

The conversation, which is part of this year’s series of events at the IAS on “laughter,” will deal widely and generously with the theme – what’s funny and what isn’t, the politics of comedy today, traditions of Jewish joke telling, the limits and capacities of humour, and much more.


Actor, writer, director, David Schneider is probably best known for his work as a writer-performer on TV shows such as I’m Alan Partridge, The Day Today and the satirical Friday Night Armistice. More recently, he co-wrote the filmThe Death Of Stalin or which he was nominated for a BAFTA alongside numerous other awards. David is also co-founder of the social media company That Lot, creating video, images, podcasts and posts for clients such as Channel 4, Have I Got News For You, B&Q, NatGeo and Nando's.

Dr Devorah Baum is Associate Professor in English Literature and Critical Theory at the University of Southampton. She is the author of two books, Feeling Jewish (Yale University Press) and The Jewish Joke (Profile), and co-director of the creative documentary feature film, The New Man. She has written for a range of publications including The New York TimesThe GuardianThe Financial Times and Granta. She is the co-editor of a special issue of Granta Magazine on ‘The Politics of Feeling’, coming out in Feb 2019.

All welcome. Please note that there may be photography and/or audio recording at some events and that admission is on a first come first served basis. Please follow this FAQ link for more information.