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Quarterly Topic

Great Works Symposium 2015-2016: Comedy
UNIV 241
Pennoni Honors College 
(Find under “University-wide courses)

Fall 2015: “Stand-up in Historical Context"

Instructors: Scott Knowles, Melinda Lewis, and Lloyd Ackert

Standup comedy is one of the most recognizable and popular forms of comedy performance. With comedians telling jokes on our televisions, computer screens, and in films, standup has become a regular form of entertainment and expressions. This course is aimed toward studying standup as a craft, practice/performance, and as a form of expression/cultural critique. The course will include studying the work of comedians like Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dave Chappelle, and Jen Kirkman (to name but a few). Instructors and guest speakers will offer opportunities for students to analyze the relationship between jokes, performance, and the contexts in which they are told – cultural, industrial, regional.  Throughout the course, students will be expected to engage in discussions regarding jokes and meaning, and by the quarter’s end, will have opportunities to workshop their own jokes and develop their comedy performance.

Winter 2015 TBA - More information to come.

Spring 2016 “Improve for Everyone” - More information to come. 

Summer 2016 “Performance as Activism “ - More information to come.

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Egan at