Making Funny

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Making Funny

Spring 2022

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 9311

Credits: 3

In this course we will explore the uses and abuses of humor in Design, Media, Entertainment, and Art. Throughout the semester students will critically and creatively engage with the myriad dimensions of all things funny, from comedy and satire, to irony and kitsch. We will experiment with many humor forms and techniques that are effective in engaging (and persuading or manipulating) audiences. We will discuss the ethics of humor, as well as how to best leverage it in one’s practice or discipline. We will interrogate the following questions: Can work be funny and critical at the same time? What historical precedents have established humor as a means of communication? Why is something funny? Is funny universal? What can we learn from the current scientific research around laughter and laughing? When does humor go too far and become a transgression? What role has humor played in maintaining oppressive and unjust societies? What relationship does humor have to public discourse? We will explore a wide range of mediums from performance art and stand-up, to sitcoms, ads, essays, cartoons, comics, artworks, films, memes, photography, products, sculpture, political campaigns, youtube clips, and collectively figure out what humor is and what it’s for. We will review, discuss and critique contemporary and historical examples and precedents via readings and screenings. Timing, performativity, wit, Dada, anarchy, pranksterism, subversion, physical comedy, improvisation, parody, slapstick, and more, will be addressed. Students will participate in collaborative and individual activities and exercises to hone their funny bones, and apply what they've learned towards a larger, in-depth final project.

Open to: All university undergraduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 10:31pm 9/16/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/27/2022 - 5/12/2022