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Get Funny!

The ability to create humor is a skill many people don't have, yet wish they did. If you're interested in learning how to come up with jokes or witticisms on the fly, punch up dull material for an audience, or make a living as a comedy writer, this course will get you going. 

Once you've learned some of the methods of creating humor, you'll be ready to apply it to all aspects of your life. Punch up speeches and presentations so that the audience is instantly on your side. Mix laughter with learning in the classroom, and watch your students' attention spans grow. Add some humor to your web page and watch the hits explode as word gets out. Use your newfound sense of humor to entertain your friends, meet interesting people, and even make new friends! Learning should be fun, and this course is no exception. Filled with opportunities to laugh as you learn, "Get Funny" promises an entertaining and informative six weeks.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting December 12, 2018

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Starting December 12 | January 16

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Course Code: cwr

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the techniques for making observational humor
  • Learn how to construct a joke
  • Understand how to use absurdity, exaggeration and forms of low humor
  • Learn how to write satire and parody, and when to use sarcasm
  • Review the many uses of humor in all aspects of life
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn how to best create and apply humor in all aspects of life
  • Understand how to create more interesting presentations and captivate audiences
  • Use humor to entertain, influence and make new friends

Outline

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Week 1

Start the course with a capsule review of comedy's roots throughout history. Then, learn to hone your powers of observation as you sharpen your wit and study the secrets behind great observational comics like Steven Wright and Jerry Seinfeld. 

Week 2

Learn how to construct a joke, write a pun, twist a cliché, use the unexpected, and begin to dazzle with your humor. Then, look at absurdity and exaggeration—two time-tested and wonderful sources of comedy.

Week 3

Learn to walk to the line without stepping over it with low humor (sexual innuendo, bathroom humor, etc.), mean humor, and gallows humor. Then, understand how to use pop culture in humor. 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

In this lesson, you'll learn slapstick by looking at examples from the comedians of the silent screen to Lucille Ball and beyond. Then, learn how to successfully make fun of TV shows, movies, songs, social habits, or politicians which can help you tap into brand new pockets of humor within you.

Week 5

Learn the rules you need to follow to perform improvisational comedy—rules that can help you sharpen your wit and quicken your comebacks. Then, 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

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. And finally, 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.

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Instructors & Support

Joanna Sandsmark

Joanna Sandsmark is a voice actress who has appeared in numerous projects, including the popular animated television series, "Rugrats.” She is also a seasoned writer, having worked as a staff writer on the television show "Weird Science" and as a contributor to DC Comics. She has taught both writing and voice-over in various formats and is a member of the Writer's Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Sandsmark graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in Communication Arts.

Wallace Wang

Wallace Wang is the author of over 40 computer books including "Microsoft Office 2019 For Dummies." In addition to writing computer books, he has also co-authored "Breaking Into Acting for Dummies" and ghost written several books about investing in real estate, day trading stocks, and becoming an entrepreneur. Some of his past jobs have included teaching computer science courses at the University of Zimbabwe, performing stand-up comedy, and appearing on a weekly radio show.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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