Formatting Disability in Contemporary Variety TV: Experiments with Masculinity in The Last Leg

  • Gerard Goggin


Media is key to how disability feeds into, and reshapes, contemporary masculinities. In this chapter, I explore one especially rich source of experimentations in disability and masculinities, the television talk show, The Last Leg. Compered by comedian Adam Hills, along with counterparts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker, The Last Leg has proved a popular format, receiving plaudits for its creative representation of disability––involving its disabled and non-disabled members of its team, and its broader audiences. What has received little attention is that the fascinating salience of masculinity, its performance, pedagogy, and politics, to the cultural work on disability that The Last Leg does. I argue that The Last Leg offers rich experiments in masculinity, very much informed by and creatively using the resources of the diversity of disability. However, the extent to which the program reframes masculinity via disability has real limits, especially when it comes to a wider engagement with sexualities.


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My thanks to Cassandra Loeser and Katie Ellis for their helpful comments on an early version of this chapter. I gratefully acknowledge the Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (FT130100097), which supported the research.


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