Julie Ucha
Culture’s Mirror: Comedy

As someone who has enjoyed television from both sides of the pond, I decided to take an in-depth look into the role television has in my life. I also tried to show the differences in the comedy stylings of America and Britain within their television shows and how those differences reflect the cultures as a whole.

When this project began, I wanted to know if I could take comedy television (traditionally an oral practice) and showcase it in a visual manner. While making the posters, I realized how much the shows themselves mean to me and how my life story could practically be explained through television I watched at that time. This book is not my entire life story, but a good portion of it. (Obviously I can’t tell my whole life story in a book like this. It’s not like TV was my entire life. Or was it? Is it? I don’t know. These are the kind of questions you’ll find throughout the pages because what good book would be complete without an existential crisis.) 

As I continued on with the book and gave myself a goal of writing something about each comedy, I began to realize just how much the show was ingrained in my being and how different my world view might be had I never discovered it. I am very aware that this project is much different to the others in this book. They seem to have made projects that look at the world and tried to see how their designs could make it better, while mine is just a reflection on my own life that could possibly be so niche that no one would read it. Nevertheless, I made it. It’s done. Finished. Finito. And now it’s up to you to read it or not.

Julie Ucha 
I’m Julie. Nice to meet you. I wish I could be there in person to greet you; give you a smile and have some nice small talk. But, you know how things go. You’re reading my words in a book, and that might be the closest we’ll ever get. In fact, I might never meet you. You’ll never know how much I love oldies much or going to concerts or pop culture or anything like that. Oh… well maybe you do now. Even in writing I tend to babble on. But no matter, if you are really that interested in me and what I have to say, just read through my project here and I’m sure you’ll learn more than you’ll ever want to.

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