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Why Do We Laugh?

Thursday, Mar 6 1:00p

Description Internet Registration has not begun yet. Check Registration Dates in details. Why do jokes and comedies make us laugh? Are those reasons culturally specific or universal? What causes one person to laugh uncontrollably but bring no reaction out of another? Important philosophers have dwelled on the topic. This class examines the topic across films, television, stand-up comedies, etc. It surveys several subgenres (e.g. silent, screwball, gross-out, dark comedies, etc.) and asks if what… Show more

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