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The Science of Ha!
June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDTFree
A duck, an iguana, and a priest go into a bar to find out how guffaws depend on misdirection, deception, ambiguity and randomness. (Note: Duck, iguana, priest, and bar not included.)
Speaker: David Misch
Program: David Misch (“Mork and Mindy”, “The Muppets Take Manhattan”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Funny: The Book”, his own comedy courses at UCLA and USC) explores the unexpected congruities between science and comedy. While one shoots for Nobel Prizes and the other for fat guys falling over, the funnier one uses scientific spheres like anthropology, neurology and psychology for its effects. With the aid of copious comedy clips, David shows how deception, ambiguity, pattern recognition, evolution and error-related negativity make you spit up your milk.
Before writing “Funny: The Book” — 35 years before, to be precise — David Misch was a funny folksinger, back at a time when such a job description actually existed. And from 1976, his public service announcement to fight America’s 238th biggest killer.