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NCCAF MASTER CLASS How Comedy Works with David Misch

NC Comedy Arts Festival

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST)

NCCAF MASTER CLASS How Comedy Works with David Misch

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How Comedy Works with David Misch

SATURDAY 2/25 @ 10AM-1230PM



Interactive Talk on How Comedy Works


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. 

David Misch has been a comic folksinger, stand-up comedian, and screenwriter; his credits include the multiple-Emmy-nominated “Mork and Mindy”, the Emmy-losing “Duckman”, the Emmy-ignored “Police Squad!”, the Emmy-engorged “Saturday Night Live”, and the Emmy-ineligible “The Muppets Take Manhattan”. He wrote “Funny: The Book”, blogs for The Huffington Post and his play “The Boomer Boys” has its world premiere at the Secret Rose Theatre in Burbank in Fall 2016. 

David’s taught comedy at USC, musical satire at UCLA, and lectured at Oxford University, the Smithsonian Institute, and the University of Sydney (Australia); Yale, 92nd St. Y, New School, Cooper Union, Actors Studio, New York Public Library (New York); American Film Insitute, Pepperdine University, Burbank Comedy Festival, Grammy Museum (Los Angeles); Midwest Popular Culture Association and VIEW Cinema Conference (Torino, Italy). 

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The Largest Comedy Festival in the Southern United States, produced by the DSI Comedy Theater in Chapel Hill, proudly celebrates its 17th annual comedy party! Our festival celebrates North Carolina comedy and features acts from all over North America including Aparna Nancherla, Emo Philips, Kevin McDonald, Mo Collins, Kevin Allison and RISK!, Eddie Brill, Eric Hunicutt & Holly Laurent, Brian O'Connell, The Josh and Tamra Show ― all performing in local Chapel Hill and Carrboro, February 15-26 2017.



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DSI Comedy Theater
462 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST)

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NC Comedy Arts Festival

Produced by DSI Comedy and Zach Ward; NCCAF was created in 2001 to showcase Chicago-style improvisation and educate Carolina audiences.

Over the last 16 years, NCCAF has proudly showcased (and elevated) the comedic arts for audiences in North Carolina, improv acts, films, sketch comics and standup comedians including Louis CK, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford, Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) Emo Philips, Bryan Tucker (SNL), Chris Tallman (Reno 911, Thundermans), "JJ" Walker, Anthony King (UCBT, Broad City), Eddie Brill (Late Show), Charna Halpern, Susan Messing, JImmy Carrane, Bassprov, Jill Bernard, Death by Roo Roo, Dual Exhaust, The Reckoning, and more.

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