Course Description

Q: What do SNL writers, stand-ups, New Yorker cartoonists, Thurber, Lebowitz, and Freud all have in common? A: They’ve all spent a lot of time thinking about what makes people laugh. Now it’s our turn. In this six-week course, we will read humorous writing and respond to it—everything from TV scripts to stage monologues, from essays to short stories—to better understand the how of humor. You needn’t be a comedy-writing hopeful to take this class! This is a survey for anyone wishing to better appreciate—or emulate—the greats. Expect guests: Chicago improv artists, standups, and other humorists with experience. You’ll generate work, too!


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