Week Six :: July 29–August 5

Comedy and the Human Condition:

In Partnership with the National Comedy Center

We partner with the National Comedy Center — the first cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy, under construction now in nearby Jamestown, New York — for a week that engages both the mind and the funny bone.

  • We’ll explore the politics of comedy and political satire — comedy often serves as our greatest mirror, a unique conduit of truth.
  • We venture into the writers’ room for insight into the craft of comedy for television and film.
  • We travel the globe to see if there is such a thing as “universally funny”
  • When has a joke gone too far? We consider issues of free speech and ask, “Is there such a thing as too offensive?”

 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Spiritual Power of Humor

Many religions tell stories in which ‘the gods laughed.’  In the Hebrew Scriptures Abraham and Sarah named their only son Isaac – meaning ‘she or he laughs,’ because of Sarah’s improbable advanced age to be giving birth – and Buddhism often depicts the Buddha laughing.  In this week we will look at the power of humor to create in-sight and healing of the spirit.

  

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 | 10:45am

    Rev. Susan Sparks

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    A trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Rev. Susan Sparks is America's only female comedian with a pulpit.



    Location: Amphitheater
    Admission to the Grounds and Amphitheater is free on Sundays. Sunday Parking is free until 2 p.m.

     

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 | 02:15pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: Detroit '67

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    Written by Dominique Morisseau, who was the 2014 recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and a 2016 Obie Award Winner for Skeleton Crew, CTC is thrilled to present Detroit ’67.



    Location: Bratton Theater
    Event ticket required. Your theater ticket will admit you to the grounds. You do not need an additional gate pass.

     

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 | 02:30pm

    Rolling Hills Radio

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    Recorded in front of a live audience and hosted by Ken Hardley, this ongoing series features live musical performances from regional, national and internationally recognized artists, and celebrates grassroots Americana music.



    Location: Amphitheater
    Admission to the Grounds and Amphitheater is free on Sundays. (Parking is free until 2 p.m.)

     

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 09:15am

    Rev. Susan Sparks

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    A trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Rev. Susan Sparks is America's only female comedian with a pulpit.



    Location: Amphitheater
    Gate pass or event ticket required. Purchase tickets at http://chqtickets.com

     

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 10:45am

    Lewis Black

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    Comedian, author, social critic

    Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black has performed for audiences across the globe, making people laugh at the absurdities of life and covering topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes... 



    Location: Amphitheater
    Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

     

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Chris Leighton

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    Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Leighton is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies since its inception in 1987. Included among his extensive writings is a series entitled “No Laughing Matter? A Series on Religion and Humor.”



    Location: Hall of Philosophy
    Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

     

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 04:00pm

    Mobius Trio

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    Described by Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sergio Assad as “the most inventive and exciting young guitar ensemble today,” Mobius Trio is dedicated to the creation and performance of a new lexicon of music for both classical and electric guitars.



    Location: Lenna Hall
    Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

     

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 05:00pm

    Don Pasquale Operalogue

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    Get all the colorful details about Don Pasquale from General & Artistic Director, Steven Osgood, and hear excerpts from the opera performed by Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Artists.



    Location: Norton Hall
    Free event. No additional ticket necessary with valid gate pass.

     

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 07:30pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company: Don Pasquale

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    Music: Gaetano Donizetti

    True Italian farce returns to the stage of Norton Hall, continuing Chautauqua Opera's dedication to performing operas for the entire family. Hijinks ensue when the aging bachelor, Don Pasquale, pursues the spirited Norina, hoping to trap himself...



    Location: Norton Hall
    Event ticket required

     

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Capitol Steps: What to Expect When You’re Electing

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    The election may be over, but the opportunity to be equally offended lives on! Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, What to Expect When You're Electing.



    Location: Amphitheater
    $43, gate pass or event ticket required

     

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 | 10:45am

    David Steinberg

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    Comedian, director, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld”

    Recently, The New York Times called David Steinberg “a comic institution himself.” A legendary stand-up comedian of the 1960s through the 1980s, Steinberg’s directing credits include some of the most successful television comedies...



    Location: Amphitheater
    Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

     

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Rev. Susan Sparks and Rabbi Bob Alper

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    The Chaplain for Week Six, Rev. Susan Sparks, will be joined by her Comedy Team partner from their “Laugh in Peace Tour,” Rabbi Bob Alper.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy
    Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

     

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 | 02:30pm

    Hydrogen Jukebox Operalogue

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    Get all the colorful details about Hydrogen Jukebox from General & Artistic Director, Steven Osgood, and hear excerpts from the opera performed by Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Artists.



    Location: McKnight Hall
    Free event. No additional ticket necessary with valid gate pass.

     

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company: Hydrogen Jukebox

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    Experience the collaboration of two of America's most revolutionary artists, composer Philip Glass and poet Allen Ginsberg, in this truly unique chamber opera.



    Location: Norton Hall
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  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 | 06:45pm

    Old First Night

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 | 07:00pm

    Jennifer Samet, VACI Lecture Series

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    I think that the ‘voice of the artist’ is becoming lost in art history” said Jennifer Samet, a New York-based art historian, curator, and writer. She has lectured at universities across the country on the subject of “The Role of Empathy in Art” and “Slow Art.”



    Location: Hultquist Center
    Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

     

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 | 07:30pm

    Playing By Air

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    This frolicsome trio captivates audiences with a joyful fusion of music, juggling and circus in which traditional theatricality meets absurd comedy. The award-winning performers of Playing By Air share their sense of playfulness and breathtaking feats in a production enjoyed equally by adults, families and children.



    Location: Amphitheater
    $20, Gate pass or event ticket required.

     

  • Wednesday, August 02, 2017 | 10:45am

    Sophie Scott

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    Deputy director, University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

    Sophie Scott is a Wellcome Trust senior fellow at University College London and deputy director of UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, where she...



    Location: Amphitheater
    Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

     

  • Wednesday, August 02, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Dean Obeidallah

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    Dean Obeidallah, a former practicing attorney turned comedian/writer, is the host of SiriusXM radio’s daily program “The Dean Obeidallah show,” the first national radio show ever to focus on issues from the Muslim-American point of view.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy
    Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

     

  • Wednesday, August 02, 2017 | 08:15pm

    An Evening of Pas de Deux featuring Alumni Stars

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    Location: Amphitheater
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