Dr. Ian Brodie

Ian Brodie is folklorist, and author of A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-up Comedy He researches the intersection of folk culture and mass media, ranging from local radio song contests to the supernatural in children’s television. Ian currently serves as the President-Elect of both the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.

- John Bodner, Wendy Welch, Ian Brodie, Anna Muldoon, Donald Leech, and Ashley Marshall. 2020. Conspiracy Theories: QAnon, 5G, the New World Order and Other Viral Ideas.Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press.
- Ian Brodie, 2020. Parody: Intertextuality and Music. Special issue of MUSICultures 47.
- Ian Brodie, 2015. Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army. Illustrations by Paul MacKinnon. Sydney: CBU Press.
- Ian Brodie, 2014. A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-up Comedy. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

Chapters in Books
- Ian Brodie, [in press]. Worse Than the Disease: The Mask Cartoons of Ben Garrison. In Jesse Fivecoate and Andrea Kitta, eds., Conspiracy Thinking: Folklore and the Role of Conspiracy Theory in Contemporary Society. University of Wisconsin Press.
- Ian Brodie, [in press]. Audience. In Oliver Double, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Stand-up Comedy. Cambridge UP.
- Ian Brodie, 2023. “Wow, this place is spooky at night!” Suburban ennui, legend quests, and what folk horror shares with Scooby-Doo. In Dawn Keetley and Ruth Heholt, eds., Folk Horror: New Global Pathways, 75–90. Horror Studies Series, University of Wales Press.
- Alexandra Arkhipova and Ian Brodie, 2022. Flies in the Ointment: Vaccine-hesitancy and Bad Medical Advice During the Russian COVID-19 Pandemic. In Alla Keselman, Catherine Arnott Smith and Amanda J. Wilson, eds. Building Health Misinformation Immunity: A Professional Guide to Helping the Public, 45–58. Medical Library Association Books Series, Rowman & Littlefield
- Ian Brodie, 2022. ‘I am a fan of hilarity’: Possible Directions for Oral-Formulaic Theory and the Study of Stand-Up Comedy. In Frog and William Lamb, eds., Weathered Words: Formulaic Language and Verbal Art, 291–311. Hellenic Studies Series, Harvard University Press.
- Ian Brodie, 2021. ‘Performing Stand-Up Comedy. In Timothy Lloyd, ed., What Folklorists Do: Professional Possibilities in Folklore Studies, 166–168. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
- Ian Brodie, 2020. Trudging through Time’s Trenches: Reflections on Larry Fulford. In Patrice Oppliger and Eric Shouse, eds., The Dark Side of Stand-up Comedy, 308-315. New York and London: Palgrave-MacMillan.
- Ian Brodie and Jodi McDavid, 2018. Children’s Television. In Pauline Greenhill et al., eds., Routledge Companion to Fairy-Tale Cultures and Media, 451-459. London and New York: Routledge.
- Ian Brodie, 2017. Paul “Moose” MacKinnon and an Alternative Cape Breton. In Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman, eds., The Canadian Alternative: Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels, 53-69. Jackson: UP of Mississippi. DOI: 10.2307/j.ctv5jxnkx.7
- Ian Brodie and Jodi McDavid, 2014. Who’s Got the Power? Super Why!, Viewer Agency, and Traditional Narrative. In Pauline Greenhill and Jill Terry Rudy, eds., Channelling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television, 25-44. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
- Ian Brodie, 2012. From Lobster Suppers to Combination Pizza: Food Performance in Cape Breton. In Robert Scott Stewart & Susan A. Korol, eds., Food For Thought: A Multidisciplinary Discussion, 98-117. Sydney: Cape Breton University Press.

Expository and Review Articles
- Ian Brodie, 2023. Punching outwards. Foreword. In Rashi Bhargava and Richa Chilana, eds. Punching Up In Stand-Up Comedy: Speaking Truth to Power, xiii–xv. Routledge.
- Ian Brodie, 2020. Parody: Intertextuality and Music (guest editor’s introduction). MUSICultures 47: 1-10.
- Karl Bell, 2019. Окружение и воображение: Карл Белл о необходимости магии в городах [Environment and Imagination: Karl Bell on the need for magic in the city]. Interview by Ian Brodie, translated by Yana Elizarova. Urban Folklore & Anthropology 3.1–2: 332–344. DOI: 10.22394/26583895-2020-3-1-2-332-344.
- Andrea Kitta and Ian Brodie, 2020. Precedented: COVID-19 and Vernacular Response (Editors’ Introduction). Contemporary Legend Series 3 10:1–17.
- Ian Brodie, 2019. “Contemporary Legend” (https://methods.sagepub.com/foundations/contemporary-legend) and (with Jeffrey Tolbert) “Ostension” (https://methods.sagepub.com/foundations/ostension). In Paul Anthony Atkinson, Sara Delamont, and Richard Williams, eds., SAGE Research Methods Foundations. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- Ian Brodie, 2019. “George Carlin” (367-370), “The Onion” (466-470) and “John Oliver” (579-582). In J.C. Baumgartner, ed., American Political Humor: Masters of Satire and Their Impact on U.S. Policy and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
- Ian Brodie, 2019. Review Essay: Elliott Oring. The First Book of Jewish Jokes: The Collection of L.M. Büschental. Western Folklore 78.2-3:225-230.
- Ian Brodie, 2018. Welcome note from Contemporary Legend. Urban Folklore & Anthropology 1.1: 11–13. (In Russian).
- Ian Brodie, 2014. Consider ‘The Folk.’ Essay for True Grit, exhibition catalogue, Cape Breton University Art Gallery.
- Ian Brodie, 2014. Stand-up comedy. Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, ed. Salvatore Attardo, 2:733-737. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
-Beverly Diamond and Ian Brodie, 2013. MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada. Oral Tradition, spec. issue on archives, databases, and special collections. 28.2: 335-340. DOI 10.1353/ort.2013.0017
- Ian Brodie, 2012. Seeking Common Ground in Discussing the Liberal Arts (guest editor’s introduction). Journal of General Education 61.3: ix-xiii. DOI: 10.5325/jgeneeduc.61.3.fm
- Ian Brodie, 2009. Introduction. Mary L. Fraser, Folklore of Nova Scotia, v-xix. Halifax: Formac Publishing, 2009.

Papers in Refereed Journals
- Ian Brodie, [accepted]. Singing the New Scot: Parody, Contrafacta, and Dainty Protest Songs in Cape Breton. For Popular Music and Society.
- Ian Brodie, 2020. Is Stand-up Comedy Art? An Initial Inquiry. Stand-up Comedy and Philosophy, ed. Sheila Lintott. Special issue of Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78.4: 401-418.
- Alexandra Arkhipova and Ian Brodie, 2020. When rumours fly like helicopters: An international conspiracy ‘language’ for the new reality? Social Anthropology/ Anthropologie Sociale 28: DOI 10.1111/1469-8676.12826.
- Ian Brodie, 2019. Crime and Punishment in the Cape Breton Songs Contest. Criminal Folklore, ed. John Bodner. Special issue of Ethnologies 41.1: 173-195. DOI 10.7202/1069851ar
- Ian Brodie, 2018. Pretend News, False News, Fake News: The Onion as Put-On, Prank, and Legend. Journal of American Folklore 131.522. 451–459. DOI 10.5406/jamerfolk.131.522.0451
- Ian Brodie, 2016. “Servants of the World, Unite!”: Narratives of Negotiating Domestic Staff Among Canadian Immigration Foreign Service Officers. Contemporary Legend Series 3, 6: 73-90.
- Ian Brodie, 2012. Folklore and the Liberal Arts. Journal of General Education 61.3: 229-239. DOI 10.5325/jgeneeduc.61.3.0229
- Ian Brodie, 2008. Stand-up Comedy as a Genre of Intimacy. Ethnologies 30.2: 153-180. DOI 10.7202/019950ar
- Ian Brodie, 2007. ‘The Harsh Reality of Being a Woman:’ First Bra Experiences. Ethnologies 29.1-2: 81-106. DOI 10.7202/018746ar
- Jodi McDavid and Ian Brodie,2005. ‘The Harsh Reality of Being a Woman:’ First Bra Experiences. Ethnologies 29.1-2: 81-106. DOI 10.7202/018746ar
- Ian Brodie, 2005. ‘The Very Environment Militates Against Denial’: Negotiating Place through Material Culture. Ethnologies 27.2: 189-217. DOI 10.7202/014046ar
- Ian Brodie, 2004. Einstein’s Pants and Dr. X’s Comps: Straddling the Line between Gossip and Legend. Culture & Tradition 26: 11-25.
- Ian Brodie, 2003. The Insight Legend. Contemporary Legend, New Series 6: 44-88.