Did you hear the one about...? There was this guy... How many comedians does it take to screw in a light bulb? Humor has probably been a par of human culture since an early hominid took a pratfall into a mud puddle in front of an appreciative audience of his peers. This course will survey humor from Greek comedy to Third Rock From the Sun.
What makes something funny? Why is some humor ageless while other humor becomes stale within days? How is comedy written and developed? These are all questions that will be addressed in this course, along with topics including: the elements of comedy, ethnic humor, political satire, situation comedy vs. stand-up comedy, the spread of sick jokes, humor on the internet, and classic comedy routines (such as Who's on First and Why a Duck).
The group will explore humor in books, cartoons, radio, records, film, television and live comedy clubs. There will be the opportunity to interview working comedians, radio and TV personalities and writers. Guest speakers are planed, and there will be a two-day train trip to Chicago to visit SECOND CITY and the Museum of Radio and Television Broadcasting. Students will practice writing humorous material, improvising and performing comedy routines. There will be daily viewing sessions of video material, planning and writing sessions, along with rehearsals of classic, contemporary and original material.