English 180C

Comedy: Stand-up and Sit-com

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2021 C, CC
TWTh 9:30-12 D


“I went into a room and saw one person standing up and one person sitting down.” Harold Pinter’s wry description of his playwriting process will serve as a guide in this course for exploring the various positions afforded by stand-up and sit-coms for narrating a life in the comic mode. We’ll engage with a range of contemporary comedy that mines the formal affordances of both genres—sometimes simultaneously—to defy biographical linearity and give expression to lives that fall out of conventional social scripts. Possible texts and comics we’ll examine include: Fleabag, Chewing Gum, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sex Education, Please Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Fresh Off The Boat, Nanette, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Ali Wong, Hasan Minhaj, Margaret Cho.

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