Oversharing Online as Self Care
September 12, 2019
Oversharing Online as Self Care: Putting the ‘Me’ in ‘Meme’ is a lecture performance on comedy and alternative meme culture.

Welcome to the permanent carnival’ as I meme my way through the text “Comedy Has Issues” by Lauren Berlant and Sianne Ngai (2017), inserting myself into the text. I reflect upon the increased pressure to be funny in modern Western society - but we aren’t always laughing. I examine some of the problematics and changing dynamics within comedy, through, comedy!

During the performance I shift focus to examine how comedifying my own life has become a form of self care. The internet is my diary and memes are the pages onto which I spill my deepest, most personal thoughts and fears. Someone once accused me of taking the me in meme too literally - I reclaim this as a powerful mode of self expression and a site of healing.

Finally, I invite my peers to engage in this practice by memeing their fears and excitement relating to our Intermedia III class for which this performance was created.


Concordia University | Communications | Curtis

Piper Curtis 2020
Montreal, Quebec