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The Lockdown Sessions: The Art & Craft of Comedy


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At A Glance

  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
  • Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
  • An hour of short sharp advice from a leading professional

This introductory session will give you an in-depth look at the way professional comedy is put together, look at the relationship between humour and horror, what contemporary comedy owes to Buster Keaton, and give an overview of what the most popular comic genres are today. Please note that this class has no direct instruction but is a critical, and seri­ous (though funny), exploration of com­edy as an art form. It includes copious comedy clips, ranging from Chaplin to Schumer, which show how these principles translate into actual laughter.

What you’ll learn:

  • The principles of comedy: why are things funnier in threes? Really, why? I mean, why?
  • The relationship between comedy and logic (spoiler alert: they are 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, and how the mechanics of jokes -tension and resolution, pattern disruption, misdirection and surprise- provide a template for all humour.

About the Speaker

David Misch is a comic folksinger, stand-up comedian and screenwriter. His credits include the multiple Emmy nominated Mork & Mindy, the Emmy losing Duckman, the Emmy ignored Police Squad!, the Emmy engorged Saturday Night Live, and the Emmy ineligible The Muppets Take Manhattan. David has written Funny: The Book and A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption. He blogs for The Huffington Post, and his play Occupied is in development at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. David has taught comedy at USC, musical satire at UCLA, and spoken about comedy at Oxford University, the Smithsonian Institute, University of Sydney (Australia), Yale, 92nd St. Y, Second City (Chicago), Actors Studio, New York Public Library, American Film Institute, San Diego Comedy Festival, the Grammy Museum (Los Angeles), Lucasfilm, Austin Film Festival, Midwest Popular Culture Association and VIEW Cinema Conference (Torino, Italy).
Lots more info at, including the “How Comedy Works” and Video pages.

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