There are survey courses in art, history, art history, and (this is true) history of art history. Isn't it time for one of the most vibrant and popular of the arts to be taken seriously? This course has the temerity to claim humor is an art form, then try to prove it by looking at what it is and how it works–the history, mythology, anthropology, biology, psychology, philosophy, and even theology of comedy. Examples are drawn from comedy's most expert practitioners: Chaplin, Keaton, Groucho, Wilder, Sellers, Allen, Martin, Ferrell, Python, Pryor, Colbert, C.K., Stiller, Silverman, and Schumer. The instructor also draws from his background in comedy to show how professional humor is constructed.
Mary Ann Wilson