Week 2 (1/23 and 1/25): Comedy: Theory, Laughter, and Social Discourse

SNL, Donald Trump Press Conference: Cold Open” (2016)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Black Knight Fight Scene” (1975)
Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924, 45min)


Week 3 (1/30 and 2/1): How Do We Laugh: Types of Comedy, Collective Laughter, and Humor as Social/Political Protest

Monty Python, “The Funniest Joke in the World” (1969, 12min)
Laughing Gas (Edwin S. Porter, 1907, 9min)
Last Week Tonight, “Civil Forfeiture
Negin Farsad, “A Highly Scientific Taxonomy of Haters” (TED Talk)


Week 4 (2/6 and 2/8): “Fake News”: From Mockumentary Satire to Macedonian Click-Bait

Rachel Maddow’s interview with Jon Stewart (2010)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (“Fake News, Real Consequences”)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (“Journalism”)
Ali G interview with Andy Rooney
The Colbert Report (“The Word – Good Bad Journalism,” 2008)
Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner


Week 5 (2/13 and 2/15): Comedic Disruption: SURPRISE!, Profanity, and Charged Humor 

South Park, “Douche and Turd,” (2004)
Inside Amy Schumer, Acting Off-Camera
Eddie Murphy- “White Like Me” (1984)
SNL, Black Jeopardy” (2016)
Key and Peele Obama’s Anger Translator,” “Hoodie,” and “East West Bowl”)
Mary Jane’s Mishap (1903)
Explosion of a Motor-Car (1901)


Week 6 (2/20 and 2/22): Comedy-Writing: Archetypal Characters, Topical Jokes, and Political Correctness 

Bee, Full Frontal, “the great unchecked legislative f**fest of 2017”
Bee, Full Frontal, “The Morning After”
Colbert, Late Show, “So Much Russian Influence, So little time”
Meyers, “Closer Look” at GOP Debates
Stewart, Daily Show, “Consequence-Free Speech”
Noah, Daily Show, Trump’s 1-state solution
Johnny Carson as Carnak
Rick & Morty, “Rixty Minutes”
Brooker, 10 o’clock Live
30 Rock, “Jack the Writer”


Week 7 (2/27 and 3/1): Comedy, Gender and Sexuality

Ali Wong, Baby Cobra (2016)
Inside Amy Schumer (“Last F**able Day,” “Football Town Nights,” “Compliments,” and “Babies and Bustiers”)
scene from Auntie Mame (1958)
SNL, Actress Roundtable” (2016)


Week 10 (3/27 and 3/29): “This Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”: From Cartoon Physics to Internet Trolls

Fleischer Bros., “Bimbo’s Initiation” (1930)
Darkness Light Darkness (Jan Svankmajer, 1989, 6min)
Black Mirror, The National Anthem” (season 1, ep. 1, 2011)


Week 11 (4/3 and 4/5): AWKWARD! Cringe Comedy, Black Humor, and the Paradox of “Benign Violation”

Louis CK, “Heckler” (2010)
Nathan for You (“Petting Zoo Hero,” “Dumb Starbucks,” and “Best Buy”)
SNL, “Funny New Comedy: Broken”; Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (season 1, eps. 1-4)


Week 12 (4/10 and 4/12): Improv, Situation Comedy, and the Practice of Everyday Life 

Whose line clips
UCB, technology
Mad TV, court case
kids in the hall, awkward thanksgiving
monty python, argument clinic

Week 13 (4/17 and 4/19): Society of the Spectacle: Absurdity, Farce, and Commodity Fetishism

Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle (1973)



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