Luke Holmaas




2153 Vilas Hall

Luke Holmaas

Expertise and Activities

Research interests include:

  • Contemporary Hollywood comedy
  • Gag-based comedy
  • Joe Dante
  • Gender and comedy
  • Satire
  • Transmedia comedy
  • Race and comedy

Served as:

  • Coordinating Editor (Submissions Editor), The Velvet Light Trap, Fall 2018.
  • Editorial Board and Reader, The Velvet Light Trap, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2019.


  • M.A. Communication Arts – Film, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
  • B.A. Film History and Criticism, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2010


  • Elliott Dissertation Scholarship, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, 2019
  • Graduate School Fellowship, The Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
  • Helen K. Herman Memorial Fund Scholarship, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, 2018
  • Honored Instructor, University Housing (UW-Madison), 2014
  • Ted Larson Scholarship, MSUM Film Studies, 2009



  • 2019. “Laughter on the Larger Television: Adapting TV Comedy Series To Film,” Literature/Film Association, Portland State University, Portland, OR, September 13, 2019.
  • 2018. “Angel of Mirth: The Use of Thrash and Death Metal in Contemporary Hollywood Comedies,” SWPACA, Albuquerque, NM, February 07, 2018.
  • 2018. “Of Gremlins and Popstars: Considering the Legacy of Vulgar Modernism,” SCMS, Toronto, ON, March 14, 2018.
  • 2018. “I must have broken some taboo”: The Reception of Women in Vulgar Comedies of the New Hollywood,” Women and New Hollywood, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland, May 29, 2018.
  • 2010. “Sounds of Ecstasy: Music in the Films of Werner Herzog,” Minnesota State University Moorhead Student Academic Conference, Moorhead, MN.
  • 2009. “Through A Looking Glass Darkly: The Parallax View and War of the Worlds as Filmed American Nightmares,” Minnesota State University Moorhead Student Academic Conference, Moorhead, MN.


  • CA 100 Intro to Speech Composition
  • CA 105 Public Speaking
  • CA 300 Film Comedy
  • CA 300 Film Comedy (Lecturer, Summer 2019)
  • CA 350 Introduction to Film
  • CA 552 Contemporary Hollywood Cinema