The Basic Theory of Comedy

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What’s it all about?

Ever wondered how comedians think of new jokes? What makes some things funny and others not?

In this class we’ll be covering examples of great comedy and working towards writing our own. From the basic theory to structuring your own comical classics.

There’ll be some good jokes along the way, and some cheap ones, and no doubt some bad ones too.

What will we cover?

We’ll look at a the basic theories of comedy and screen some side-splitting examples; covering a broad range of genres and methods.

We’ll learn a few techniques for writing jokes, both structured and more improvised, and then we will try to apply the techniques to writing jokes for different occasions. If time allows you may even create a small routine to entertain friends with!

The class is mainly for novices, but people with a bit of experience are more than welcome.

Who will be teaching?

Max is currently studying “People and Organisation” at Melbourne University. A comedy buff, and reasonably funny guy, his interest in the subject grows from coming across academic sower on the topic, and seeing it play out the comedy that surrounds him.