Proxemics and expectancy violations theory (EVT) are the groundwork for understanding interpersonal and nonverbal communication. Previous research has indicated students retain information long-term when humor and videos that form memorable messages are incorporated into the classroom. The activity discussed in this GIFT uses the popular comedy show, Impractical Jokers, to help students apply abstract concepts to real-life examples. Several discussion questions are suggested to help students critically analyze the videos and recognize proxemics and EVT. The second set of discussion questions asks students to consider their expectations, how their expectations are formed, why some individuals have different expectations, and why expectations may vary in some circumstances based on proxemics. Limitations of this activity are discussed, and alterations are suggested to address the limitations.
Malterud, Andie; Phillips, Ashley; and Voges, Kaitlyn
"Exploring Expectancy Violations Theory and Proxemics with the Impractical Jokers,"
Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD: Vol. 5, Article 5.
Available at: https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/discoursejournal/vol5/iss1/5