You're So Funny: Comedy and the Performance of Self

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

You're So Funny

Fall 2021

Taught By: Ellen Cleghorne

Section: A

CRN: 11191

Credits: 3

This is a Black humor studies survey course that rhetorically asks three major questions. First, “How can humor be used to write a narrative of redemption without sacrificing the depth and gravitas of a ‘real’ lived experience?” Secondly, “What is lost in our quest for social equality when we default to humor narratives for rhetorical exchange?” And finally, “What is gained when a humor technology becomes the agency for self narration?” We will consider several iconic comedy monologists and academic theorists as a way of creating a template for writing about oneself or others. The course considers the work of Dave Chappelle, Whoopie Goldberg, Richard Pryor, Katt Williams, Chris Rock, and Eddie Murphy among others. As the title indicates, “You’re So Funny” means that students will work on finding ways to write personal humor narrative throughout the semester.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:20am 1/21/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 509

Date Range: 9/2/2021 - 12/16/2021