Humor is often the most difficult aspect of another language because it is often tied to knowledge of history and pop culture. In this course, we will explore various situations that contribute to humor such as slapstick, role-reversal, cross dressing and satire as well such types of humor as double entendre’, bawdy humor, tongue-in-cheek humor, punning, ethnic humor, and parody. We will view examples of a different type of humor each week and discuss what makes that particular kind of humor funny or not funny. In this class, the students can experience various kinds of humor in English and perhaps understand it and hopefully find some of it funny.
Teacher: Dr. Alan Brender
Dr. Brender taught a similar course in the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences II at Waseda University for a number of years. One of his students in the year-long course at that time was Sonomanma Higashi, a noted comedian, who later became the well-known politician Hideo Higashikokubaru (his birth name). Dr. Brender also teaches Magazine Article Writing and Beating the TOEIC in the Open College.