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David Misch

David Misch is the author of “Funny: The Book / Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy” and is also a playwright, songwriter, blogger, teacher and recovered stand-up comic, and has lectured at Columbia University, Oxford University, the Smithsonian, the University of Sydney (Australia), the VIEW Cinema Conference (Torino, Italy), the Burbank Comedy Festival, USC, UCLA and AFI. Too much more at, not to mention (yet here I am mentioning), funnythebook (Facebook) and @funnythebook (Twitter).

Among David Misch’s TV and movie credits are the Emmy-nominated “Mork & Mindy”, the Emmy-losing “Duckman”, the Emmy-engorged “Saturday Night Live”, and the Emmy-ineligible “The Muppets Take Manhattan”.

The Painful Relationship Between Humor and Horror

From 1920’s “Haunted Spooks” to “Shaun of the Dead” and beyond, horror and comedy – seemingly opposite genres – have made strange yet happy movie and TV bedfellows. But why?Could there be any congruences between funny and fear, snick-ers and screams, gore and gags, slapstick and slaughter?


Using video clips and examples ranging from Immanuel Kant to The Three Stooges, David Misch explores how horror and humor share many qualities: a mordant view of our relationship to pain; an obsession with the human body and its multifarious fluids; and a subtext of death and transcendence underlying the eviscerated flesh and fart jokes.