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A Laughing Matter - Adding Humor to Your Writing

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown

Course Details
$402 15 seats left
Start Date:

Thu, Oct 31, 6:45pm - Dec 19, 8:45pm (7 sessions)

Midtown, Manhattan
5 W 63rd St
Btwn W 62nd & W 64th Streets
New York, New York 10023
No class on Nov 28
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 15

What you'll learn in this writing class:

Humor is a skill that can come in mighty handy – especially since we’re all gonna die. Whether you’re trying to punch up your online dating profile, become an amusing public speaker, write that memoir, craft essays, 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 class is most definitely for you.

Class will cover the different types of humor such as irony, sarcasm, satire and parody. Discussions about joke-writing, wordplay, incongruity, exaggeration and reversal will be illustrated with video clips of stand-up comics performing. Exercises and games will be used to enhance natural comic abilities. Fun assignments will help students learn techniques to add humor to their writing. Students will share their work in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

Topics Will Include: 
  • Take My One-Liner, Please
  • Exaggeration: More Important Than Life Itself
  • Understatement: We’ll Get To This If We Have Time
  • Observations about Observational Comedy
  • Irony – Not That It Matters
  • Sarcasm – Not That You Care
  • Satire in the Age of Fake News
  • Parody – The Best Way to Steal Material Without Getting Sued
  • Develop Your Comedy Persona (Can also be used for your online dating profile)Free Association… Priceless
  • How to Play with Your Words and Not Your Food
Location Note:
All classes are located at the West Side YMCA at 5 West 63rd Street. Students will need to check in with reception, and on their first visit they will need to check in with the Membership Desk to get their program participant card for entry. Reception will direct them to the room where their class is being held.

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Refund Policy
The refund policy varies by branch and program, however, in most instances a refund is only given if the Y cancels a program. Program credit may only be issued in special circumstances.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:45pm - 8:45pm Stephanie Lehmann 7 $402
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Thu, Nov 07 6:45pm - 8:45pm Stephanie Lehmann
Thu, Nov 14 6:45pm - 8:45pm Stephanie Lehmann
Thu, Nov 21 6:45pm - 8:45pm Stephanie Lehmann
Thu, Dec 05 6:45pm - 8:45pm Stephanie Lehmann
Thu, Dec 12 6:45pm - 8:45pm Stephanie Lehmann
Thu, Dec 19 6:45pm - 8:45pm Stephanie Lehmann

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