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Interrupting Expectations: Comedy in Storytelling

Sep 29 - Dec 1
Tuesday 6:30-9:30 PM (EST) 10 sessions
Tuesday 6:30-9:30 PM (EST) 10 sessions
If you would like more information about this or any other course offerings, please contact a SVACE Course Advisor at:
Robert Walles, Writer, producer

Ever wonder what makes funny funny? Why some people are effortlessly hilarious while others aren't? Comedy can be misconstrued as a mystical, "you either have it or you don't" format. But humor, joke-writing-whatever you want to call it-is also a mechanical, knowable set of tools with which storytellers should arm themselves. Interrupting Expectations is intended for students of film/video, animation, comics, theater, video games/VR, site-specific art, time-based art, or anyone interested in using comedy to create compelling visual narratives. Lectures and exercises focus on demystifying comedy in all its forms-as a genre, as an art form and as an element in storytelling. Students will explore how to break down jokes mechanically and unpack content in order to better, and more consciously, create comedy of their own.
NOTE: This course is fully online and offered through synchronous sessions during the listed course hours.
Course Number
3 CEUs
  • The School of Visual Arts online courses are hosted in Canvas, our College-wide learning system. Most computers (5 years old or newer recommended) can access the course(s) without a problem. The courses work with Windows (Windows 7 and newer), Macintosh (Mac OSX 10.10 and newer), and Linux (chromeOS). Participants will need a minimum screen size of 800x600 (the average size of a netbook) and good broadband (Minimum of 512kbps) Internet connection to participate in the online courses.