But Make It Funny

September 29, 2018
11:00 am—12:15 am

JACCC Garden Room "C" get directions

Moderated by: Dennis Hensley

Whether you’re working on a stand-up set, trying to inject some humor into your latest manuscript, or just have a funny story you want to get down on paper, you’ve probably discovered that writing comedy isn’t pretty. This workshop will offer some tips and tricks to make it a little easier, while exploring the age-old questions What makes something funny? and What makes people laugh?

After an opening discussion led by author Dennis Hensley, who has written for comedy greats like Kate McKinnon, Jane Lynch and the late Joan Rivers, attendees will take part in a mock punch-up session. Participants are encouraged to prepare two things: 1) an example of something that made them laugh—a movie scene, a stand-up joke, an SNL-sketch—that they can relate to the room; and 2) a small excerpt of something they’re working on that they’d like to add more humor to with the help of the group.


The Breakdown:

  • Welcome and introductions
  • What makes something funny?
  • The detective work of comedy
  • Group punch-ups of participants work
  • Closing Q&A and discussion

What You’ll Learn:

Participants will leave this seminar looking at comedy writing in more analytical way with practical tools that will help them bring out the funny in their own work.


$15 to attend.

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