THE PAIN OF COMEDY: WHY YOUR BODY IS FUNNY
David Misch looks at why the human body, whether grotesque or gorgeous, can be hilarious. Its capacity for stretching and squashing (not to mention expelling noise, smells and fluids) is so damn funny that even pain makes us laugh… as long as it’s someone else’s. With video clips ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Monty Python to Melissa McCarthy.
David Misch is the author of “Funny: The Book / Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy”.
He’s 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 blogs for The Huffington Post and his play “Occupied” is scheduled to be produced in Los Angeles. He’s taught musical satire at UCLA, comedy at USC, and lectured at Columbia University, the 92nd St. Y (New York), Fordham University, the Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, the Chicago and Boston Public Libraries, the California Women’s Conference, and the American Film Institute.