Mr Matthew Crowder

Supervised by

  • Cathy Johnson First/primary/lead supervisor


  • John Ellis First/primary/lead supervisor


Personal profile

Matt Crowder is studying part-time in Royal Holloway's Media Arts Department, researching the audience responses to television political comedy. The thesis addresses the lack of research into the audience of television comedy, taking a historical approach to texts from the 1960s to 2009. He is the recipient of a College Research Scholarship.


Matt studied Film and Literature at the University of Warwick, and with AHRC funding he completed an MA in Film and Television Production at the University of Bristol, returning to research in 2007. Being a part-time student he also has a range of work experiences, including running a local government campaign to increase volunteering and democratic participation, working in press office, and dressing up as a corporate logo at a trade fair.

Teaching experience

He has taught third year television history on several occasions, and during 2012/13 delivered the autumn term of Television Histories module (MA3064).

Conference papers

‘The value of comedy reception research’ at The Future of Arts Research at the British Library. Nov 2011

‘Destroying faith, moral values and integrity: That Was The Week That Was as a dystopian broadcast’ at The Horror, the Humour: Satire and Dark Comedy in a Postmodern World, University of Lincoln, 2010

‘Discourses of comedy authenticity’ at Using Moving Image Archives conference, UCL, 2010

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