Course Description

DRA 122C: What is Comedy?
Fall 2017

This class is an in-depth exploration of Comedy. 

What is comedy? What makes something funny? How do you create comedy? How does humor change, inform, and heighten storytelling?

In today’s world, we have come to accept our daily news through a comedic lens.

In this lab/lecture course, students explore the historical roots of America’s funny bone, and how it changes, informs and elevates storytelling, and how it changes generationally. Students will gain a deeper sense of how humor and comedy interface and inform writing, story telling and performance.

Through varied techniques, students will create various types of comedic projects, hone skills of improvisation, write scripted narrative, harness musicality and physicality. This is a great tool for actors today, as they are asked to improvise in auditions and rehearsals, bringing a personalized sense of humor to projects. Learning to write, create, sculpt and hone comedy chops has become an integral tool for an actor.

TR 11:10am-2pm, Wright Hall 120

CRN 62530 

 

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