Unique Genre of Physical Comedy

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Lubin
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 10:45
End: 12:00
Field Work: Day 1 | Belgium Download Syllabus

This course will embrace the world of physical comedy, differentiating it from the spoken word. From Charlie Chaplin to modern day film, television, and live physical comedians, we will study and analyze what is funny to the modern audience as compared to what was considered funny in the early days of silent films. Slapstick comedy technique, sketch comedy, creating new material together and in small groups, and discussing the process of creation of pieces without verbal language will all be covered. Discovery of the character which lies within you will be explored and improvisational techniques will be used to bring out the best in all of us within the classroom setting. The various roles played in successful physical comedy will be explored, and the best role each classmate is best suited for in this genre will be discovered. The class will have a final performance for the shipboard community in which various routines developed during the voyage as well as classic physical comedy routines from the silent film era will be performed. Classroom work will be supplemented, wherever possible, by films, attendance at live performances, and meetings with international physical comedy artists.

Field Work

Country: Belgium
Day: 1

The workshop will seek to give the students of Unique Genre of Physical Comedy an inside look into the world of performing/clowning in a hospital setting for children, their families, and hospital staff. We will be challenged to bring our creativity to the workshop at the same time as Cliniclowns brings their special expertise to our students. A doctor in a pediatric ward in New York City once said, "Clowns don't belong in hospitals." Michael Christensen, the founder of Big Apple Circus and the Clown Care Program which inspired Cliniclowns Belgium answered, "Neither do children."