“Funny You Should Say That”: It’s all about comedy! (on Zoom)

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Live from Santa Monica, California, the comedian, author, and University of Southern California lecturer David Misch will delve into comedy in its various forms. Comedy has been with us for all time, but 20th-century entertainment has given us stand-up, the comedy duo, the visual gag, and satirical forms of social commentary. This course will offer a perspective on humor’s complex layers of meaning and profound importance in our everyday lives. We’ll start with “The History of Ha,” including mythology and the role of the trickster; then, "The Shame of Satire," discussing political satire (includes mature content); “Comedy vs. the Apocalypse,” exploring how humor helps during hard times; and conclude with Buster Keaton: "Existential Slapstick," a look at the comic genius of silent film. Along the way, we’ll use copious video clips to explore a broad sampling of comic styles. Richard Friswell will join David to discuss topics in “History” and “Apocalypse."  

Thursday, 4/7, 6:30-7:30pm: “The History of Ha!” (60-minute lecture)

Thursday, 4/14, 6:30-8:00pm: “The Shame of Satire” (90-minute lecture)

Thursday, 4/21, 6:30-7:30pm: “Comedy vs. the Apocalypse” (60-minute lecture)

Thursday, 4/28, 6:30-8:00: “Buster Keaton: Existential Slapstick (90-minute lecture)



Instructor: David Misch

Date: Thursdays April: 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 6:30-8 pm

Location: Zoom, online