DISERTASI dan TESIS Program Pascasarjana UM, 2016

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Joko Adi Saputro




Saputro, Joko Adi. 2015. The Effectiveness of Stand-up Comedy on College Students’ Speaking Achievement. Master’s Thesis. Graduate Program in ELT, State University of Malang. Advisors: (I) Dr. Arwijati W. Murdibjono, Dip.TESL, M.Pd. (II) Prof. A. Effendi Kadarisman, M.A., Ph.D.


Keywords: Stand-up Comedy, Speaking Achievement 


This research is conducted to investigate the effectiveness of stand-up comedy on students’ speaking achievement in public speaking class for the fourth-semester students of English Literature Department in Kanjuruhan University of Malang. Stand-up comedy is proposed in this study to enhance students’ speaking skill, especially to enable students to speak in front of public (monologue). At the end, the result of this study is to answer the research problem whether the students can have better speaking achievement after being taught using stand-up comedy.

This study employs a pre-experimental research design with a pretest and a posttest. The subject of this study is the regular class of fourth-semester students of English Literature Department. There are twenty students in this class. The students are given treatment by following this procedure such as preparation (writing jokes), preshow (receiving feedback), and performing (experiencing real show). There are two instruments used in this study. The first instrument is the pretest and posttest to measure the students’ speaking achievement before and after being given a treatment, and the second instrument is questionnaire to see the students’ opinion about stand-up comedy in order to strengthen the statistical measurement. The data is analyzed by using paired-sample t-test in the application of SPSS 16.0 to reject the null hypothesis and the use of Microsoft Excel to see the percentage of students’ perception of stand-up comedy.

The findings show that the students’ speaking achievement is better after being taught for eight meetings using stand-up comedy.  The mean score of the pretest is 49.91 while the mean score of the posttest is 64.35. It shows that the score of the posttest is higher than the score of the pretest. The result of paired sample t-test is -16.281. It means that it is under 0.05 (95%). It indicated that there is significant difference between the pretest and the posttest. In addition, the percentage of success based on the questionnaire is 92%. It shows how positive the students see stand-up comedy in improving their speaking ability. In conclusion, stand-up comedy is effective in improving college students’ speaking achievement.

Finally, this study is beneficial for EFL teachers/lecturers and future researchers. However, to make stand-up comedy more feasible in the implementation, there are some suggestions provided. Teachers/lecturers should prepare the materials carefully, including topics, videos, and materials to write jokes; make sure they have understood every step of stand-up comedy in teaching speaking; and encourage the students to be active in the activities. For future researchers, it is suggested that they should use a true or quasi-experimental research design to compare stand-up comedy with other techniques and they can also give additional attributes for the variables of the study because students may have different types of personality that might influence their speaking performances.