Course Description

ONLINE: E.B. White: “Comedy can be dissected like a frog, but they both die in the process.” Great writer, but he’s wrong. This multimedia course dares to analyze an art form that seems to resist it. Using copious clips from movies and TV, the course showcases comedy’s unique insights into the human condition. In a lecture-style format, we’ll examine comedy’s history, from Ancient Greece to this morning; the changing role of women in comedy; how philosophers such as Kant, Hobbes and Freud viewed humor; how satire challenges society’s taboos and censorship (some mature content); the unlikely convergences between comedy and science (how the brain fathoms the funny, starring dopamine and pattern disruption), and comedy and religion (does humanity's search for meaning parallel comedy’s search for a punchline?); and the silent comic Buster Keaton's astonishing stunts, technical mastery and acting, which used a minimum of expression to communicate a multitude of emotions. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

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Section Title
All About Comedy
Online - Zoom
3:30PM to 5:00PM
Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
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