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SESSION 5: NO, NO, I WAS JUST JOKING

YOU CAN WRITE COMEDY

INSTRUCTOR: DAVID HETI
WHEN: Tuesday, September 12 - Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
NUMBER OF CLASSES: 6
WHERE: Room 214, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto
COST: $585 + HST*

What is the comedic and how do you write comedy? This course will introduce you to various forms of comedy and joke writing, helping you to become a more sophisticated comedic writer. We will examine the techniques of Ionesco, Monty Python, Allen, Bruce, C.K., Schumer, and more in light of Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Bergson (no prior knowledge of comics or thinkers required). Students will complete exercises and write and rewrite on a regular basis, and will give and receive constructive criticism on works-in-progress. We will work on forms, such as joke, late-night monologue, and sketch, and genres, such as observation, blue, and the absurd. The course will also include guest speakers on industry realities and craft, who write for sketch, improv, radio, and television.

DAVID HETI is a stand-up comic and writer who tours throughout North America and teaches comedy writing at McGill University. He has appeared at comedy festivals in Toronto, Montreal, Austin, San Francisco, and New Orleans, and has written for Vice and The Comedy Network. His first album, It Was OK, an Album of Comedy by David Heti, was called “fucking brilliant” by Doug Stanhope, andoutlandishly harsh and thought-provoking . . . a rare, endearing blend of stand-up and stand-off by Exclaim. David’s second album, And you will regret it, will be released this summer on Stand Up! Records, a comedy label whose discography includes the work of Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, and others. David has degrees in philosophy and law, and in another life was a litigator with the Department of Justice Canada.

*Limited seats will be available at a reduced rate of $293 + HST. You can apply for one of these spots under the Fee field on the registration form. Reduced rate registration is not guaranteed.