Get Funny!

Get Funny!

Kent State University Ashtabula

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Instructor-Led Course
Hours: 24
Duration of Access: 6 weeks
Start Dates: Jul 13, Aug 17, Sep 14, Oct 12
3,147 Students
have taken this course.

Syllabus

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Week 1

Lesson 01 - The History of Comedy. A capsule review of comedy's roots, or 'I betcha there were some really funny Cro-Magnons.'

Wednesday

We'll start the course with a capsule review of comedy's roots. From ancient Egyptian graffiti to slapstick Viking sagas, humor has been a part of our world since humans first walked erect and realized that their hands were now free to applaud Ogg, that funny guy in the 9th cave.

Lesson 02 - Observation. 'It's funny because it's true.' Honing your powers of observation is the first step toward sharpening your wit.

Friday

"It's funny because it's true." Honing your powers of observation is the first step toward sharpening your wit. This lesson will help you understand some of the secrets of the great observational comics like Steven Wright, and Jerry Seinfeld. Bring a notebook, a pair of eyes, and a willingness to use them.

Week 2

Lesson 03 - The Unexpected & Joke Construction. Now that you've observed reality, you need to learn to look at the world sideways, and apply that knowledge.

Wednesday

Now that you've observed reality, you need to learn to look at the world sideways and apply that knowledge. Clever wordplay can be a fast-track to a laugh. In today's lesson, you'll learn how to construct a joke, write a pun, twist a cliché, use the unexpected, and begin to dazzle with your humor.

Lesson 04 - Absurdity & Exaggeration. These are time-tested and wonderful sources of comedy. Absurdity is about finding your inner strangeness. Exaggeration is a major source of comedy. Really. It's HUGE.

Friday

Today we'll look at absurdity and exaggeration—two time-tested and wonderful sources of comedy. Absurdity is about finding your inner strangeness. Exaggeration is a major source of comedy. Really. It's HUGE.

Week 3

Lesson 05 - Low humor, mean humor, sexual innuendo, bathroom humor -- let's face it, they're all really easy. But do you need these crutches? Heck yeah.

Wednesday

Low humor, mean humor, sexual innuendo, bathroom humor—let's face it, they're all really easy. But do you need these crutches? Heck yeah. This lesson also includes a discussion of mean humor and gallows humor. What do they all have in common? The ability to offend people. In today's lesson, you'll learn how to walk that line without stepping over it.

Lesson 06 - Pop Culture, or If I See One More Brady Bunch Reference, I'm Going to Throw a Football At Your Nose. Pop culture is a humorists' best friend.

Friday

Today's lesson: Pop Culture, or "If I See One More Brady Bunch Reference, I'm Going to Throw a Football At Your Nose." Pop culture is a humorist's best friend. From television and movies, to music and consumables, to politics and social trends, you'll find a wealth of material to aid you in your quest for amusement.

Week 4

Lesson 07 - Visual humor. Good sight gags are tougher than you'd think. It's important to learn how to communicate without words.

Wednesday

Good slapstick or sight gags are tougher than you'd think. It's important to learn how to communicate without words. Few things are as memorable or as funny as a perfectly executed piece of visual humor. In today's lesson, you'll learn by looking at examples from the comedians of the silent screen to Lucille Ball and beyond.

Lesson 08 - Satire, Parody and Sarcasm. Why think up original material when there's so much stuff out there you can just make fun of?

Friday

Why think up original material when there's so much stuff out there you can just make fun of? Making fun of TV shows, movies, songs, social habits, or politicians can help you tap into brand new pockets of humor within you. Whatever your interests, there are opportunities for you to turn your wit toward the object of your admiration. This lesson will guide you in that quest.

Week 5

Lesson 09 - Improvisation. Nothing hones your wit and pumps up those comic reflexes like improv.

Wednesday

Nothing hones your wit and pumps up those comic reflexes like improvisation. It's the perfect workout regime for the budding humorist. Today you'll learn the rules you need to follow to perform improvisational comedy—rules that can help you sharpen your wit and quicken your comebacks.

Lesson 10 - Using Humor in Your Life. There are countless ways to use your humor every day.

Friday

There are countless ways to use humor every day. This lesson will guide you through using your newly honed sense of humor in business and social situations. You'll find out the remarkable benefits laughter has on our health.

Week 6

Lesson 11 - Comedy Writing. You know how to be funny, now let's apply it.

Wednesday

You know how to be funny, now let's apply it. Today we'll explore comedy writing. Using the example of writing a script for television, you'll learn the blow-by-blow process of how to write and sell a script from someone who's worked in the industry.

Lesson 12 - Marketing your brilliance. Now that you're a comic genius, you have an opportunity to cash in!

Friday

Now that you're a comic genius, you have an opportunity to cash in! In our final lesson, we'll explore some of the many markets open to you as a comedy writer: greeting cards, t-shirts, bumper stickers, comic books, comic strips and panels, gag writing, speech writing, advertising, print humor, and Web sites.


Review

As a university professor, I have designed and taught online courses myself, so I wanted to see what it was like to be an online student. I have very much enjoyed the course and I have greatly appreciated Joanna's teaching style, her support, feedback and constant encouragement. As a result I have learned a lot, more than I expected to, about many different areas of life, connected by humour. Thank you very much, Joanna.

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