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INSTHUM 411 — Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies
Section 001, SEM
The Art and Science of Humor: Theory and Practice, Practice, Practice. Meets March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, April 2. (Drop/Add deadline=Mar. 9).

Instructor: Mankoff,Robert Toby

WN 2007
Credits: 1
Other: Minicourse

An introduction to the nature, history, and value of humor to explore theories of humor, examine the development of all types of humor, and discuss benefits of humor such as its link with creativity and its opposition to stress. Students create humor with a "comic toolbox" of cognitive skills that take the individual from conception to execution of a comic idea, whether it be cartoons, humorous essays, stand-up routines , sit-coms. Guest speakers from these fields will give first hand accounts of the humor manufacturing process, from soup to nuts. Grade determined by a presentation in the last week that uses what has been learned both theoretically and on a practical level. The presentation might consist of cartoons on a theme, a humorous essay, a stand up routine, a funny website or something interesting.

Robert Mankoff is Cartoon Editor for THE NEW YORKER.

PREREQUISITE: A gift for laughter and a sense that the world is mad.

Advisory Prerequisite: Advanced undergraduate standing.

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