Comedy: Heroes, Jokers, and the Rest
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NACT 3332
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Comedy involves the mutual and sympathetic exploitation of one person’s emotions by another. Improvisational comedy training is essential for performers and writers. It is also used extensively in corporate team building and as a means of developing public speaking skills. In this course, students learn to create comedic scenes using a variety of acting techniques, including the Meisner technique of repetition and improvisation, to generate truthful emotional responses. Students take the stage to create comedic performances in a series of exercises that build on one another.