Why Am I Laughing? Interrogating Funny Fiction.
Date: 6/13/17 – 8/8/17
Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom
Day of the Week: Tuesday
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Class Level: Open to All Levels
• Regular: $280.00
• Member: $252.00
• Low-Income: $196.00
Part book club, part generative play space, we'll read a lot (4 novels, 8 stories), talk genres of funny (satire, parody, slapstick, absurdism, etc.), and interrogate our laughter along the way. What makes this passage so funny? How can we borrow from this?
Our reading list will include The Sellout by Paul Beatty; Catch 22 by Joseph Heller; The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang; Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. We'll read stories by Stanley Elkin, Junot Diaz, Lorrie Moore, Nancy Jo Cullen, George Saunders, Jincy Willet, Lylsey Tenorio, and Donald Barthelme. We'll also watch and listen to a little stand-up comedy.
You can't exactly teach someone to be funny, but you can learn proven techniques like play-on-words, reversals, joke structure, and shock, among other comedy craft techniques. We'll get out of our chairs and do exercises and hopefully tap our own individual outlooks and brands of humor—be it dry, dark, or zany. Above all, we'll glean a better understanding of humor, and all the craft elements inherent in any successful work of fiction: voice, timing, tone, plot, action, dialogue.