How to Think and Write Funny
Humor is a skill that can come in handy — especially since we’re all gonna die. Whether you’re trying to craft essays, become an amusing public speaker, write that memoir, find success as a stand-up comedian so you can have an excuse to drink all the time (or sleep around), or publish the next (and first ever) Pulitzer Prize winning comic novel, this workshop is most definitely for you.
Sessions will cover the different kinds of humor, such as irony, sarcasm, satire and parody. Comic videos will add to our exploration of joke-writing, wordplay, incongruity, exaggeration and reversal. In-class exercises and games will help to enhance your natural comic abilities. Fun assignments help you learn techniques to add humor to your writing. Students share work in a fun, friendly, supportive atmosphere.
Take My One-Liner, Please
Observations about Observational Comedy
Exaggeration: More Important Than Life Itself
Understatement: We’ll Get To This If We Have Time
Irony – Not That It Matters
Sarcasm – Not That You Care
Parody – The Best Way to Steal Material Without Getting Sued
Develop Your Persona (Can also be used for your online dating profile)
Free Association… Priceless
Satire in the Age of Fake News
How to Play with Your Words and Not Your Food
Acclaimed novelist and awesome teacher Stephanie Lehmann leads this workshop. Stephanie’s most recent novel, ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE (Simon and Schuster), was selected by Library Journal as a best novel in 2013, and by Kirkus Reviews for best summer reading. Stephanie worked for many years as a literary agent and editor at the Elaine Koster Literary Agency.
Stephanie’s earlier novels include THE ART OF UNDRESSING (Penguin), YOU COULD DO BETTER (Penguin), ARE YOU IN THE MOOD (Kensington), and THOUGHTS WHILE HAVING SEX (Kensington). Her work has been translated into Italian, Turkish, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Chinese, and German. She has taught novel writing at Mediabistro and at Salon.com, where her essays have been published. Musings about the history of fashion, feminine hygiene products, and many more fascinating subjects can be found on her website, www.AstorPlaceVintage.com.
Stephanie lives and laughs in New York City.