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Comedy vs. The Apocalypse

Thursday, June 11
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Free and open to the public.
Webinar via Zoom.
Register here.

Nowadays our inboxes are filled with memes, cartoons and jokes about Covid-19. And even though each one is another reminder of a horrific situation, we laugh. Why?

Because we have to – laughter is as necessary to humankind as food. It reminds us that we can still feel joy.

That’s how humans use humor in terrible times; to affirm that the purpose of life is to do more than just survive, it’s to savor what author Phillip Pullman calls “the value of simple delight.”

Comedy vs. The Apocalypse looks at how comedy fights tragedy with distancing: lightening frightening things by making them seem ridiculous. In fact, laughter’s benefits are more than just psychological; physicians have long known that humor has actual, quantifiable health effects. And not just doctors: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” says no less an authority than God.

David Misch, author of Funny: The Book / Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy, has been a comic folksinger, stand-up comedian, and screenwriter; he’s written, created and/or produced programs for all the major networks and many of the major (and minor) cable outlets, including the multiple-Emmy-nominated Mork and Mindy, the Emmy-losing Duckman, the Emmy-ignored Police Squad!, the Emmy-engorged Saturday Night Live, and the Emmy-ineligible The Muppets Take Manhattan.

David’s writing has been included in May Contain Nuts (Harper-perennial) and Faith: Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists Confront the Big Questions (Simon & Schuster); he also blogs for The Huffington Post (huffington­post.com/david-misch).  His play Occupied is in development at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles.

David has taught comedy at USC, musical satire at UCLA, and lectured at Oxford University and the University of Sydney (Australia); Columbia University, the 92nd St. Y, the New School, the Actors Studio, and the New York Public Library (New York City); the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (Long Beach), KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum (Pasadena), the American Film Institute, Pepperdine University and Second City (Los Angeles); the California Women’s Conference and the SATE Themed Entertainment, Midwest Popular Culture Assocation and VIEW Cinema (Torino, Italy) conferences.  More at davidmisch.com.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth

Lunch & Learn Webinar:
Infectious Diseases & International Health

Friday, June 26
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Free and open to the public.
Webinar via Zoom.
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Elizabeth A. Talbot, MD, Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Sponsored by: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health & Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth

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