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SESSION 5: NO, NO, I WAS JUST JOKING

YOU CAN WRITE COMEDY

INSTRUCTOR: DAVID HETI
WHEN: Tuesday, September 5 - Tuesday, October 10, 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 teach you to be a more sophisticated, subtler, and hilarious comedic writer. You will develop an appreciation of the rhetoric of comedy by carefully considering theories of humour and its social—and sometimes deeply anti-social—role. We will read and discuss Ionesco, Allen, Bruce, C.K., Schumer, and more in light of Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Bergson, etc. And we will look at various comedic forms (e.g., joke, essay, sketch) and genres (e.g., observation, blue, the absurd) and push out lots of writing, re-writing, and critiquing.

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 and “a painful mirror for us all to look into” by his psychiatrist. 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 also 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, and in cases of greater financial need, $100 + HST. You can apply for one of these spots under the Fee field on the registration form. Reduced rate registration is not guaranteed.