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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COMEDY
Sep 13 at 2:00-5:00pm on Friday
Instructor: David Misch
Prerequisite: None




A multimedia presentation, featuring copious clips ranging from Buster Keaton to Amy Schumer, which show how the principles of comedy translate into actual laughter.

Topics include the relationship between Comedy and Logic (spoiler alert: they’re bitter enemies); the calculations involved in timing; comedy cues, and why withholding them is sometimes the best way to get a laugh; why your body is hilarious; the evil of punchlines; comedy “placebos”; and how the mechanics of jokes – tension and resolution, pattern recognition, misdirection and surprise – provide a template for all humor.

Note: This seminar has no direct instruction but is a critical, and serious (though funny), closeup of comedy’s innards.

Teacher Bio:
David Misch is a screenwriter ("Mork and Mindy", "The Muppets Take Manhattan", "Saturday Night Live"), author ("Funny: The Book") and teacher (his own comedy courses at USC and UCLA).

He speaks about comedy around the world, at comedy theaters (Second City), comedy festivals (San Diego, Burbank, North Carolina), film festivals (Austin, London), as well as the Smithsonian Institute, AFI, the Actors Studio, Lucasfilm, Yale, Oxford, etc. More at davidmisch.com. Contact: 310-453-8633, david.misch@gmail.com.