Black Americas have historically used comedy to cope with the sad realities of racism. Living in what Cornel West called “a perpetual state of emergency” has heightened Black American’s sensitivity to sometimes-subtle social truths.…Read more »
So Mark took on the comedy stylings of Louis CK in the first case study, someone who establishes a core insight and then plays it out through both content and performance. I’d like to take a look at two other (multi-generational!) comedians who rely on establishing a premise quickly using audience assumptions and then make a joke by twisting either the meaning of words or expectations of the situation.…Read more »
One point I had intended to make during the episode was about the role of the imagination in aesthetic appreciation, including appreciation of humor.
One distinction that Bergson glossed over and which we weren’t very consistent about making is the difference between “falling within the category of humor”…Read more »