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How Comedy Works with David Misch

DSI Comedy

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

How Comedy Works with David Misch

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Screenwriter David Misch (“Mork & Mindy”, “The Muppets Take Manhattan”, “Police Squad!”, “Duckman”, “Saturday Night Live”), author of the award-eligible “Funny the Book: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy”, presents a class which comes with an ironclad guarantee that it will impart no usable skills. 

Okay, that could be an exaggeration, but “How Comedy Works” is a mini-version of “Practical Foundations of Comedy”, a course with the same guarantee which David’s taught at USC, UCLA, AFI, the Actors Studio (NYC), Oxford and Columbia Universities, and the University of Sydney. The class has no direct instruction but is a critical, and serious (and funny), exploration of comedy as an art form. 

“The Rules” gives actors, writers, directors, producers and Crafts Service personnel a close- up view of comedy’s innards, the idea being that understanding how comedy works will help you work in comedy. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 

Topics include the Rule of 3 (Why are things funnier in threes? Really, why? I mean, why?); the relationship between Comedy and Logic (hint: they’re bitter enemies); the calculations involved in timing; comedy cues, and why withholding them is sometimes the best way to get a laugh; why your body is hilarious; the evil of punchlines; comedy “placebos”; and how the mechanics of jokes – tension and resolution, pattern recognition, misdirection, and surprise – provide a template for all humor. 

As for practical applications, the presentation includes copious comedy clips from TV and movies which show how these principles translate into actual laughter. So forget all that stuff about no usable skills.

Satisfied and/or Paid-Off Customers

“A sell-out crowd, lots of laughing and learning about why and how comedy works; both

grad students and faculty got a lot from the evening.”Alan Kingsberg, Columbia University

“It takes a serious mind to analyze comedy. It takes a funny mind to appreciate it. David

Misch is of two minds.”Jason Alexander

“Anyone who can engage and hold the attention of my jaded Advanced Screenwriting class

knows whereof he speaks. David did for over two hours and left them wanting more.” – Ron

Osborn, Art Center College of Design (Pasadena)


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DSI Comedy

DSI boasts a locally-trained company of more than 75 active performers in North Carolina.  DSI Comedy Theater produces the NC Comedy Arts Festival and its Comedy School offers new classes to the public every month in the art of improv, standup and sketch comedy.


Zach Ward, proud Owner and Executive Producer, has trained comedy talent featured on television (MADtv, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers), the big screen and students now featured at IO Chicago, IO West, The Magnet, The PIT, UCBT, Second City and Boom Chicago (Amsterdam).   

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