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Seriously Funny

Welcome to the Seriously Funny elective.  The more you know about humor and how to create it, the more fun your life will be, the more we will enjoy those around us, and the better off the world will be.

Daily Subjects
  1. stand-up
  2. puns & short jokes
  3. story jokes
  4. political
  5. image-based
  6. physical/slapstick
  7. improvisational
  8. songs
  9. satire/spoof
  10. movies/scenes
Prompts for "Scenes from a Hat":

Scenes from a Hat


Lines

Whose Line Lines



Winter-Spring, 2018

Day 12:   June 8, 2018  Gabe, Evan, Maya, Audrey,  Aine, Mia, Sobhan

Day 11:  June 1, 2018 . Two Minutes "Make Us Laugh" by Kieran, Noah, Adam, Adi, Loic, Lance, Jamie

Day 11: May 25, 2018
Ideas for your 2 minute "make us laugh" time... 
1. tell joke(s) but enhance them somehow (voices, drama, etc)
2. create a set of slides (or doc) that you talk over... they shouldn't be funny on their own; you make them funny
3. host a melodrama or improv scene; your script or direction makes it funny
4. other ...
For Friday June 1:  Kieran, Noah, Adam, Adi, Loic, Lance, Jamie
For Friday June 8: Gabe, Evan, Maya, Audrey,  Aine, Mia, Sobhan

Day 10: May 18, 2018

Day 9: May 11, 2018
-sketch satire: pretending to be the real thing but not (fake commercials, comedy show sketches)

Day 8: April 27, 2018
-satirical / political comedy

Day 7: April 20, 2018
-physical comedy

Day 5: April 6, 2018

Day 4: March 30, 2018
1. Anyone have a good joke?
2. Progressive story that is funny
3. The rest of last week's pictures... and why they are funny
4. Today's task... clean kind stand-up comedy!  (doesn't use language, race, or insult to get the laughs).

Day 3: March 23, 2018
1. improv: alpha-order dialog
2. image-based humor:  brainstorm & discuss, agree, search-select-post, present
3. dueling doodles

Day 2: March 9, 2018
1. repeaters... make us laugh
2. oops... The Machine
3. questions only improv

Day 1: March 2, 2018
1. tell the punch line to a non-existent joke
2. class "goals":  to be entertained by, become knowledgeable about, and able to produce... humor
3. write down categories of humor and share w/ group w/o overlap
4. factors that influence whether or not something is seen as funny: age, setting, mood, expectations, etc.
5. repeaters, you will do a funny at the beginning of each class from now on
6. Sense of Humor Test (pdf).  Explain why the best answer is funny

Fall-Winter 2017-2018

Day 7:
-opener:
Written Comedy
-where the effect is not necessarily dependent upon delivery
-a story or a piece of a story that is well written... funny!
-find some, decide on 1, read it to us, put it here.

Day 6: December 15, 2017
-opener:  make up your suggestion for the next trendy word
1. Comic vs. traditional coverage of the news
2. Social or political satire:  view lots, choose one, do your slide
3. Give the backstory (history) necessary to make yours funny or powerful or poignant

Day 5: December 8, 2017

Day 4: December 1, 2017
1. Opener: onomotopoeia (list) or just an interesting sounding word
2. Improv: Freeze
3. Language Humor

Day 3: November 17, 2017
1. Start filling in your row of the chart
2. Trevor Noah:  Afraid of the Dark

Day 2: November 3, 2017
1. Opener: Your Adjective-Noun Spirit Animal Name (initials)
2. Sense of Humor Test (pdf).  Explain why the best answer is funny
3. Improv: Questions Only (example from Whose Line Is It?)
4. History of the Joke (Lewis Black) 6:50 to ?)
5. Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark (funny politics?)

Day 1: October 13, 2017
1. tell the punch line to a non-existent joke
2. class "goals":  to be entertained by, become knowledgeable about, and able to produce... humor
3. write down categories of humor and share w/ group w/o overlap
4. factors that influence whether or not something is seen as funny: age, setting, mood, expectations, etc.
5. first few minutes of "History of the Joke"


Samples of Types of Comedy
add items by filling in the form at https://tinyurl.com/seriouslyfunnysamples

Seriously Funny ‎(Responses)‎



Day ?: May 25, 2017
1. Nuggets (possible basis for a DCS comedy routine)

Day 10:  April 27, 2017
Story Jokes
-not a pun or a riddle and not very short or annoyingly long
-think of or find one, practice it (outside & along), and then present it to us

Day 9: April 20, 2017
Slapstick & Physical Comedy
-Mr. Bean or ???

Day 8: April 13, 2017
-last Thursday was during Spring Break
1. Comic vs. traditional coverage of the news
2. Social or Political satire:  view lots, choose one, do your slide

Day 7:  March 30, 2017
1. Trevor Noah 

Day 6: March 23, 2017
1. Opener: speed knock-knocks
2. Improv exercise -- amplification circle with gestures
3. Stuff that made your parents/grandparents laugh:

Day 5: March 16, 2017
1. Opener: onomotopoeia (list) or just an interesting sounding word
2. Improv: Freeze
3. Language Humor

Day 4: March 9, 2017
1. Opener: just the inside joke, no explanation
2. Funny is a formula: TedTalk & Country Song
3. Best of your chart

Day 3: March 2, 2017
1. Opener: Your Adjective-Noun Name (initials)
2. Improv: Questions Only (example from Whose Line Is It?)
3. Find two good/great jokes, tell them to group, respond to an "I don't get it" (give explanation)
4. Sense of Humor Test (pdf)

Day 2: February 16, 2017
1. Roll: punch line from a non-existent joke
2. Explain class 1 to me
3. Progressive story w/ read-aloud tone
4. Improv: AlphaOrder Dialog
5. Types of comedy and samples onto this chart

Daily Schedule:

Day 11:  May 1, 2012
  1. Review your stand-up session
  2. Written comedy:  Calvin, FarSide, NewYorker, Story-Joke, Other
Day 10:  April 17, 2012
  1. Roll: do an impression of someone or something -- we guess who/what it is?
  2. The collaborative story... one word at a time.
  3. Acronyms.  See the list then make up your own
  4. Start planning your 4 minute stand-up session (5 people per day on May 1, 8, and 15)
Day 9: March 27, 2012
  1. Best of the web... find 3 funny things (video, comics, jokes) and cue each on a different tab
Day 8: March 20, 2012
  1. Remaining animated jokes (form and spreadsheet)
  2. Physical Comedy Day:
    1. Mr. Bean
    2. Character, setting, situation... add more small and medium actions (not large)
Day 7: March 13, 2012
  1. Showing the done animated jokes
  2. How to Train Your Dragon
Day 6: March 6, 2012
  1. Find (or think of) 3 to 5 good (!) jokes and then use GoAnimate or xtranormal to make an animated dialog between two characters that tell those jokes to each other.  If they are "story-jokes" which are long, you can use fewer.
  2. When done (and published), copy the URL (web address) and paste it into this form.

Day 5: February 28, 2012
  1. Roll with end of knock-knock joke
  2. http://iwastesomuchtime.com/popular.php?sort=month
  3. find "best(s) of" and leave it/them open in tab(s)

Day 3:  February 7, 2012
  1. Roll with your superhero name
  2. What things did your "research" yield
  3. Improv Games:  Freeze
  4. Whose Line scenes

Day 2:  January, 31, 2012
  1. Roll with the punch line to a non-existant joke
  2. Categorizing comedy types
  3. Classic and cutting edge comedy -- what it takes to shock America
  4. During the coming week, ask people of various (older) ages, "what comedy was inappropriate or controversial when you were young"?
  5. Malcolm pilot episode (didn't work)

Day 1: January 24, 2012
  1. Roll:  as I call your name, correct me with your Adjective Noun name
  2. Whoosh, Bang, Pow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxwXhjg4D_U & amplification game
  3. Why do we laugh?
    1. Baby laughing
    2. Try to find a good explanation of what causes laughter, and why
    3. Post your findings (and the source) onto this form
  1. Examples of funny stuff onto cards... we'll sort and classify next week
  2. How to deal with the "appropriateness" (or inappropriateness) of material we come across in this class?
  3. Before next week:  Come up with a line from a funny movie (or show) and we'll guess


January 19, 2012
-ok, so THIS time is the last class (oops)
-roll with punch line from non-existant joke (again)
-Ferris Bueller's Day Off

January 5, 2012
-our last class... be thoughtful, tell us something you have learned
Written Comedy
-list the types and samples
-Calvin and Hobbes favorites... mark 5 then rotate books
-use this (un-vetted) Squiboo site to find more written comedy


December 8, 2011
-no StuCrew today

December 1, 2011
  1. Roll:  Indian Name
  2. Improv Game:  Bucket combined with Scenes from a Hat
  3. Distinguishing stupid, silly, blah, funny, and hilarious
    1. Silly Songs with Larry
    2. You find 3 examples, we figure out which is which

November 3, 2011
  1. Roll:  punch line from non-existent joke
  2. Find three good/great jokes
  3. Tell to group, w/ an "I don't get it", and explanation
  4. Comedy pushing boundaries (MiM Pilot)

October 13, 2011
  1. Roll:  with what comic or cartoon character would you like to spend the day?
  2. The Amplification Game
  3. How do you decide what is funny and what isn't?
  4. History of the Joke (video from History Channel, hosted by Luis Black)


Physical Humor
  1. Mr. Bean
  2. Larry Griswold (1951)

















June 2, 2011
Roll: Your "most likely to... " admission
Funny Women
  1. Bon Qui Qui at King Burger
  2. each of you find two other funny women and get each cued up


April 21, 2011
Roll: do a voice, noise, or gesture
Cartoon Humor
  1. list of funny cartoons or characters
  2. what lines from what shows/movies have become part of our culture?
  3. Select scenes from my collection OR a search-n-show of great cartoon scenes

March 31, 2011
Roll:  Indian Name
Improv Game:  Bucket
British Humor

March 17, 2011
  1. Language and content boundaries
  2. Intellectually snooty humor
  3. Written humor:  comics, satire, stories, even jokes
  4. Find some & share out
  5. Malcolm "Smunday"
March 10, 2011
  1. Roll:  funny username
  2. Improv activity:  scenes from a hat (writing them down and playing them out)
  3. Riddles:  questions or puzzles with "funny" solution
  4. Puns:  plays on words jokes that take the unexpected route
  5. Acceptable comic role models (stand-up, shows, etc)
    1. one or two samples
    2. search for a few and find the best.... cue it up on a tab on the PC
    3. showtime
February 17, 2011
  1. Roll: what funny character (real or not) would you like to spend a day with, and why?
  2. Results of your research... what pushed the limits, when, and why?
  3. When is "random" funny, and when is it not?
  4. Veggie Tales:  Silly Songs with Larry
  5. Some funny commercials
February 3, 2011
1. Roll: punch line from a non-existent joke
2. Improv: Questions Only (example from Whose Line Is It?)
3. Cutting Edge... a moving target
-what it takes to make people laugh gets "edgier" with time
-ask some adults what was funny/edgy in their day
-watch pilot of Malcolm and write list of questionable aspects

January 27, 2011
  1. Roll:  as I call your name respond with your superhero name
  2. The Amplification game
  3. Funny Acronyms... see list then make up your own
  4. History of the Joke (History Channel video with Luis Black)


December 13 and 16, 2010
  1. roll with an absurd but non-random username
  2. anatomy of intelligent funny stuff (Far Side)
  3. making word play and building the stories
  4. finding and submitting good online videos
December 6 and 9, 2010
  1. Warm up: The Machine and/or "Line"
  2. "We Know How it Ends"
  3. Anatomy of a pun OR Malcolm episode: "Home Alone 4"
November 29 and December 2, 2010
  1. Monty Pyton and the Holy Grail
November 15 and 18, 2010
  1. Roll:
  2. Some funny commercials
  3. Improv of the day... questions only (example)
  4. Mr. Dowling...
November 1 and 4, 2010
  1. Roll: what funny character (real or not) would you like to spend a day with, and why?
  2. Results of your research... what pushed the limits, when, and why?
  3. When is "random" funny, and when is it not?
  4. Veggie Tales:  Silly Songs with Larry
  5. Joke sites and hall of fame (be sure to be appropriate, only change your row or an empty column header)
October 11 and 14, 2010
  1. Roll:  as I call your name respond with your favorite knock knock line
  2. The Amplification game
  3. The Everlasting Sentence game
  4. Funny Acronyms... see list then make up your own
  5. Why do we laugh?
    1. Try to find a good explanation of what causes laughter, and why
    2. Post your findings (and the source) onto this form
  6. Sort and classify examples of funny stuff on cards.  Try to come up with groups
  7. Tell us a line from a funny movie (or show) and we'll guess
October 4 and 7, 2010
  1. Roll:  as I call your name, correct me with your Adjective Noun name
  2. Whoosh, Bang, Pow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxwXhjg4D_U
  3. How do you decide what is funny and what isn't.
    1. Watch a stand-up segment and graph (timeline) your laugh-scale, marking what causes rise in your graph
  4. Why do we laugh?
    1. Baby laughing
    2. Try to find a good explanation of what causes laughter, and why
    3. Post your findings (and the source) onto this form
  5. Examples of funny stuff onto cards... we'll sort and classify next week
  6. How to deal with the "appropriateness" (or inappropriateness) of material we come across in this class?
  7. Before next week:  Come up with a line from a funny movie (or show) and we'll guess


Classification/organization of humor types:  list alone, then with partner, then as table, then as class
Group database of funny stuff (some here and some at home... an ongoing assignment and ever-growing collection)

Warm Ups:
  1. Exaggeration Circle
  2. Scrambled Eggs
  3. Big Booty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzRXoI-nJJU
Play On Words
Words or phrases that, when said out loud and perhaps enunciated slightly differently, can have two very different meanings.
  1. I'm afraid not vs I a frayed knot


Winter 2017
Aidan McCracken 25
Andrew Woods 26
Aneil Shah 26
Caedon Gibson 25
Casey McDowell 26
Danchi Nguyen 25
Elijah Martinez 26
Gavin Lane 29
Gwendolyn Rogers 25
Jacob Aboytes 25
Kyante Smith 26
Max Behl 25
Saam Nasseri 26
Shea Walker 29
Taika Sorensen 25
Taran Gonzales 25
Thomas Damuni 25
William Caraccio 25
Zayd Mahmoud 29
Zoya Meydbray-Gonodanova 29


Winter, 2012
  1. Aidan Poling 8 22
  2. Alec Shockowitz 8 25
  3. Alexis Biggs 8 26
  4. Alexis Santana-Quintana 8 22
  5. Audrey Randazzo 8 22
  6. Ciaran McCormack 7 27
  7. Evan Miller 8 26
  8. Harrison Eagle 8 22
  9. Isabella Jones 8 22
  10. Juliann Tsai 8 25
  11. Kevin Zhang 8 26
  12. Noa Michael 7 27
  13. Nolan Cox 8 25
  14. Prashanth Koushik 8 22
  15. Tomer Shlomovich 8 26
  16. Vanessa Dominguez 22

Fall, 2011
  1. Nakiyan
  2. Dean
  3. Harrison
  4. Amanda
  5. Sarah
  6. Dominic
  7. Jack
  8. Michael

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