Understanding comedy. The rules

David Misch

15th October 11:15 AM – 13:15 PM Sala Einaudi

“Understanding Comedy: The Rules” gives you a closeup view of comedy’s innards, including 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. Also included are copious clips from TV and movies which show how comedy principles translate into actual laughter. So forget all that stuff about no usable skills.


David Misch (“Funny: The Book / Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy”, “Mork & Mindy”, “The Muppets Take Manhattan”, “Saturday Night Live”; comedy courses at the University of Southern California and the University of California Los Angeles), presents a workshop which comes with an ironclad guarantee that it will impart no usable skills. Rather, it presents a critical, and serious (though funny), exploration of comedy as an art form.