Humor Writing with Kasper Hauser (9/19 – 10/24)

Instructor: Rob Baedeker and James Reichmuth
Contact: rob.baedeker@gmail.com
Number of sessions: 6
Meeting time: Monday evenings 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dates: Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24

Course fee: $$375, with $100 deposit to reserve space in the class.

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are non-refundable.

Description:”Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.”

Or is it?!

In this six-week class, we will literally reach into one another’s brains and stimulate the so-called “DeLeheley Nodes” (as Charles Darwin did to create his comedy classic, Beaglemania!)

The focus will be on writing and workshopping humor for the page (e.g., comic essays, genre parodies, humor-book concepts and short comic fiction). We will read classic humor essays, excerpts from humor books and comic novels as well as essays and interviews about comedy writing.
At the end of the course, each participant will be issued a new identity under which they will spend their remaining days on Earth, patrolling and guarding Monkey Island. All are welcome, even those who don’t consider themselves comedy writers. You will come away with “generative devices” for expanding possibilities for material. You’ll also learn editing tools for tightening jokes, concepts and comedic structures. You’ll practice giving and receiving constructive feedback. Finally, you will learn why many modern physicists are now balls-out poo-pooing string theory.

Students are encouraged to bring writing in any stage of development. Please bring a short comic piece (between one paragraph and five pages) to the first class.

Instructor Bio: James Reichmuth and Rob Baedeker are co-founders of the Kasper Hauser comedy group, authors of the books SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy from a Plane, Weddings of the Times, and the best-selling Obama’s Blackberry. Their work has appeared on Comedy Central, Adult Swim and “This American Life.” More info at www.kasperhauser.com