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.