NSRW
3838

Funny Ha Ha: The Art of Comedy

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Funny Ha Ha: The Art of Comedy
Fall 2024
Taught By: Pavar Snipe
Section: A

CRN: 15776

Credits: 3

“Dying is easy, comedy is hard”, says the swashbuckling character Alan Swaan, portrayed by Peter O’Toole in the film My Favorite Year, written by Norman Steinberg and Dennis Palumbo. The course Funny Ha-Ha: The Art of Comedy, is a deep dive into the risky business of being funny and how great comedic writing can help people from all cultures cope with life’s difficulties. This course will examine the Elizabethan and Greek comedies for a greater understanding of the current comedic styles of shows like Seinfeld and Abbott Elementary. The course will examine the socio-political comedic contributions in the works of George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart and Dick Gregory and the plethora of masterful Jewish comedy writers like Mel Brooks, and Amy Schumer who have contributed much to contemporary American entertainment. The course will examine how African-American comedies like Martin, A Different World and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air influenced pop culture by bringing Black culture to primetime. The class will also confront the changing cultural tastes in comic writing to understand what is not funny. Are jokes about gender, race, and disabilities still funny? We know laughter is great medicine for the soul, so why are some of the lives of comic writers filled with tragedy and sadness? The class is designed to help all writers find their comedic thread from their own personal experiences to enhance their writing in all genres.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 12:04am EDT 5/25/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/28/2024 - 12/4/2024
Funny Ha Ha: The Art of Comedy
Spring 2024
Taught By: Pavar Snipe
Section: A

CRN: 14342

Credits: 3

“Dying is easy, comedy is hard”, says the swashbuckling character Alan Swaan, portrayed by Peter O’Toole in the film My Favorite Year, written by Norman Steinberg and Dennis Palumbo. The course Funny Ha-Ha: The Art of Comedy, is a deep dive into the risky business of being funny and how great comedic writing can help people from all cultures cope with life’s difficulties. This course will examine the Elizabethan and Greek comedies for a greater understanding of the current comedic styles of shows like Seinfeld and Abbott Elementary. The course will examine the socio-political comedic contributions in the works of George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart and Dick Gregory and the plethora of masterful Jewish comedy writers like Mel Brooks, and Amy Schumer who have contributed much to contemporary American entertainment. The course will examine how African-American comedies like Martin, A Different World and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air influenced pop culture by bringing Black culture to primetime. The class will also confront the changing cultural tastes in comic writing to understand what is not funny. Are jokes about gender, race, and disabilities still funny? We know laughter is great medicine for the soul, so why are some of the lives of comic writers filled with tragedy and sadness? The class is designed to help all writers find their comedic thread from their own personal experiences to enhance their writing in all genres.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 12:04am EDT 5/25/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 602
Date Range: 1/24/2024 - 5/8/2024